BWI Air Traffic Patterns Shifted Over Catonsville

Runway work, ongoing since June, culminates in 60-day closure that started Aug. 20.

If you've noticed an increase in air traffic overhead in Catonsville in the past week, it's because of a shift in runways at BWI Airport.

One of the two major thoroughfares for commercial planes at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI) was closed on Monday, Aug. 20 and will be closed for 60 days. The runway is closed for reconstructive work around the runway, according to a statement from the airport.

With Runway 10-28 closed, air traffic patterns may change, said Jonathan Dean, a spokesman for BWI. He said Elkridge and Catonsville were in the area impacted by the shift.

“In the northwest regions, like Elkridge and Catonsville, residents in those communities will see an increase in operations compared to usual conditions,” said Dean.

According to Dean, 70 percent of traffic will be going over Elkridge and communities northwest such as Catonsville of the airport during the runway closure.

Since 2011, the airport has been working to bring the runways into compliance with federal safety regulations it must meet by 2015, according to a statement from BWI.

Specifically, the work includes reconstruction of runways, taxiways, deicing pads and hold pad pavement; airfield navigational aid installation, relocation and upgrades; and other runway safety improvements, according to the statement.

Work began on Runway 10-28 in June, including installing new lighting in the pavement. During that time, the while the runway was closed on nights and weekends.

Dean of BWI said that the planes do not change the elevation at which they fly; it is just the route that will change. 

If you'd like to file a noise complaint, make note of the date, time and location, then call BWI's noise hotline at 410-859-7021.

Paul R November 16, 2012 at 04:07 AM
The good news is it looks like the runway is on track to reopen Friday at 5pm and stay open through Thanksgiving. The bad news is that more closures are scheduled after the holiday. It will close again the week of 11/27 through 12/4, and also the weekend of 12/8 and 12/9. That's as far out as the schedule goes, so don't know if that's it or if there will be more after 12/9.
Janu November 16, 2012 at 07:57 AM
Thanks Paul! I can't wait for Saturday morning! Be nice to sleep in without hearing the planes. I'm down in Elkridge, I think it is louder down here than in Catonsville.
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craig witzke May 18, 2013 at 01:40 PM
The planes are flying over again at a rate of more than 1 per minute. Does anyone know what's going on?
Paul R May 18, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Yes, they're doing work on 10-28 again this weekend. The work was originally scheduled for February and has been postponed several times. It's scheduled to go until 4pm Sunday. The weather looks like it's going to favor landings over Catonsville for most of that time. I'm not sure if any further weekend work is scheduled after this.


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