BWI seeking developer for airport hotel

Want to build a Baltimore airport hotel? Now is your chance. According to The Baltimore Sun, the Maryland Aviation Administration is seeking a contractor to build and operate a 200- to 250-key hotel at BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport. The hotel would replace an older hotel about a mile away that closed in 2013 and is being demolished.

The Baltimore Sun writes that BWI has fallen behind other airports that offer more modern lodging choices.

"We want to provide a true on-airport, high-quality hotel for the benefit of our customers," airport CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld said in a statement. "A full-service hotel with efficient access to the terminal would offer an important service for travelers."

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BWI, reportedly the busiest airport in the region, has been "working to raise its international profile," The Sun writes, "especially since last year when its largest carrier, Southwest Airlines, entered the overseas market."

The new hotel would be located on a 2.5-acre lot next to the airport's hourly parking garage.

The request for proposals envisions a 50-year lease with a minimum $33,333 monthly payment for the property to the aviation administration. The lot is currently a parking lot used by employees. The hotel also needs noise-proof windows and can be no taller than about 100 feet, to keep the air clear for incoming planes.

The agency expects to select a developer by the end of the year. The project will not receive public financial assistance.

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