Ground was broken in 1947 for a new airport. Originally named Friendship International Airport, it was dedicated by President Truman on June 24, 1950. It expanded its service to include jets in 1958. Later, in 1972, the state of Maryland purchased the airport from Baltimore and it was renamed Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI). This rename was to lure Washington DC residents to use the airport.
The BWI Rail Station open in 1980 and connected the Northeast Corridor to BWI, making it the first US city to have a dedicated railine. In 2009, BWI was ranked the best in the world for its size. .
BWI Airport has a great feel for the importance of customer experience. It provides a number of family restrooms, pet relief areas, and an observation area between concourses B and C with great views of the airfield and even aviation exhibits. There is also a meditation room and a trail alongside the airport, which offers a route up to 12 miles for cycling, jogging or strolling whilst you kill time.
Baltimore, Maryland has a lot to offer for recreational and business visitors. It has a huge amount to offer the tourist including the vibrant Harbor area home to restaurants, museums, pubs and live entertainment. Baltimore is multicultural, family and gay friendly. Specific things to visit in Baltimore include: Harborplace, the Maryland Science Center, the National Aquarium, Baltimore Zoo, Fort McHenry, Morris A Mechanic Theatre and the Baltimore Civil War Museum.
Baltimore is also a very easy City to get around. There are 40’000 parking spaces in the city and there is even a fleet of free shuttles that you can ride.
For business visitors Baltimore is home to state of the art conference facilities and dozens of convention facilities including the Baltimore Convention Centre. There a huge number of quality hotels In Baltimore and the harbor area in particular offers a diverse and wonderful dining experience.