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Why BWI Over Iad?

Fri Apr 13, 2001 8:29 am

Hello. I'm in DC now and I was looking over some international schedules from the Washington area. They have a good amount of international flights to Europe (and 2 important links to Asia), however two European airlines fly to Baltimore Int'l, rather than Dulles. Aer Lingus and Icelandair fly Baltimore - Dublin/Shannon and Reikjavic (pardon the spelling). Why did they chose to go to Baltimore? Is it cheaper? Isn't there a bigger market at Dulles?

Thanks for your info.
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RE: Why BWI Over Iad?

Fri Apr 13, 2001 8:34 am


One of the main reasons Aer Lingus chose BWI is because of costs. It is much cheaper to operate into BWI than IAD!

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RE: Why BWI Over Iad?

Fri Apr 13, 2001 8:42 am

Frankly, BWI is a more user-friendly airport and its about the same distance to DC as is IAD (including by train).
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RE: Why BWI Over Iad?

Fri Apr 13, 2001 8:48 am

Got to disagree with you KALB, I used to live in DC. First of all, by car/taxi, BWI was a good deal farther, by 20 minutes and $20. Number two, there's like nothing to eat or do in BWI in terms of restaurants and bars and stuff. I had to walk a mile to get a bite the last time I was tehre flying Iceland Air.

Now this is not to say that Dulles is any great shakes. Whoever designed it with the hurdy-gurdy busses between terminals was a real sadist.

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RE: Why BWI Over Iad?

Fri Apr 13, 2001 9:05 am

BWI is indeed cheaper to fly to. As for distance from DC both Dulles and BWI are really equidistant. But BWI does have a direct rail connection, both Amtrak and Marc, plus Baltimore Metro light rail all have connections to BWI. There is now a lot of talk of extending the Orange line from Vienna out to Dulles, but that will take sometime to complete if and when it is approved. Plus BWI has a much larger population cachement in its favor, not only DC and Baltimore but much of Maryland and parts of Delaware and Pennslyvania. However the population growth in Northern Virginia is much faster than in Maryland.

But the short answer is that really all things are equal, but BWI is cheaper.
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RE: Why BWI Over Iad?

Fri Apr 13, 2001 12:51 pm

BWI has a beautiful new international terminal which is convenient and uncrowded. Also, neither Aer Lingus nor Icelandair are part of Star Alliance, so there is no incentive for them to fly into IAD and connect to UA (unlike bmi's new service).
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RE: Why BWI Over Iad?

Fri Apr 13, 2001 1:05 pm

That is something interesting to think about. JM also serves only BWI from MBJ whereas BWIA flies to IAD. In BW's case, though, it does codeshare with UA there. About 15 years ago BWIA started flying to BWI but the service, which needless to say caused some local confusion as the airline and airport bore the same initials, was cancelled after about 2 years.

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RE: Why BWI Over Iad?

Fri Apr 13, 2001 2:36 pm

BWI has other international airlines either then Icelandair and Aer Lingus. British Airways, Air Jamaica, and Ghana Airways operates into BWI. But yes, BWI is A LOT cheaper then fly out of either IAD or DCA. You can save $200-$300 if you're flying outta BWI.
I once paid $202 RT from BWI-SAN on Continental while outta DCA or IAD it'll be $400+ RT. What a difference.

Also, all the JMC charters flies into BWI instead of IAD or DCA. Especially on a sunday all the unusal cool cargo and charter operations flies into BWI.

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RE: Why BWI Over Iad?

Fri Apr 13, 2001 9:20 pm


It was not always that way.Prior to Southwest arriving at BWI, fares were similar to IAD. Whether you personally like Southwest or not, you have to appreciate the effect they have on affordable air travel.

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RE: Why BWI Over Iad?

Fri Apr 13, 2001 11:59 pm

I've never flown Southwest but have certainly shared the benefits. I can remember a few years ago having DL quote me a fare of about $650 from DCA to BHM, and that was WITH a Saturday night stay. From BWI, still using DL, it was $298. Why? Southwest flies the route too!

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RE: Why BWI Over Iad?

Sat Apr 14, 2001 12:33 am

From an airliner nut point of view, I like BWI better tha IAD because of its airliner nut-friendly observation deck (complete with 727 wing, 737-200 flight deck and vertical stablizer). The runways are closer to the terminal, so its easier to watch take offs and landings. If you want great restaurants, take a cab to the inner harbor...great crab cakes.
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RE: Why BWI Over Iad?

Sat Apr 14, 2001 1:57 am

Southwest Airlines ISN'T necessarily cheap outta BWI.
I've never flown on Southwest either and I don't intend to becuase of the long lines when you check in. But couple years ago, I saw an ad on TV about SWA's $99 coast-to-coast special from BWI and other airpoers on the east and west coast. I called up Southwest about the $99 one-way fares and the reps had no idea about it and told us the regular round-trip fares from BWI-SAN was over $400. I said no way and hung up. I went to my local travel agent who I know, found me the $202 RT Continental flight from BWI-IAH-SAN flying the deluxe 727 on the BWI-IAH with a 3 hour layover in IAH. I took it cause of the fares, the CO 727, and the 3 hour layover for spotting at IAH and arrived SAN in mid afternoon. Southwest do have some cheap fares but you gotta look thru them really hard.


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