Place YOUR Retail Business on the Runway to Success.

Gain Access to High Sales Volume 

Fraport USA Launch Pad Program

A Partnership with the Greater Baltimore Urban League 


Fraport Maryland is expanding its LaunchPad program by offering small retailers kiosks at the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The program caters to the specific needs and challenges for small businesses looking to capitalize off of the traffic created by travelers visiting BWI Airport, which totaled over 25.1 Million in 2016.


In 2017, Launch Pad welcomed its first cadre of small businesses to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport to begin their quest for expansion with products ranging from accessories, hair and beauty products to herbal teas and women’s fashions.    


Several of the initial Launch Pad Entrepreneurs are entering a second year at BWI and their success has fueled the expansion of the program.  In 2018, two (2) or more businesses will be invited to participate in this unique opportunity within one of the region's most dynamic retail environments. 

Things To Know

  • Required to obtain a Certificate of Insurance

  • May be subject to a credit check

  • Operator must abide by program Hours of Operation which are 90 minutes before the first flight and 30 minutes after the last flight (this could be as early as 4:30am and as late as 11pm)

  • Business must comply with our Street Pricing Guarantee which states that all prices are the same as they would be on the street

  • Must go through background check process to be approved for security badge

  • Staffing levels must comply with hours of operation




*Deadline for submissions is May 11, 2018


More about the program...





  • The LaunchPad program, developed by Fraport Maryland and The Maryland Aviation Administration, was designed for very small “backyard businesses”, as a way to give Maryland microbusinesses an immediate regional audience in BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

  • Selected retailers for the Launch Pad program receive 12-Month leases for a kiosk along one of the airports busiest concourses.

  • Support and guidance is provided to participants through the Greater Baltimore Urban League’s Entrepreneurial Program funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce (EDA) and the Abell Foundation with support from Fraport.  

  • A variety of business related services and resources are offered such as accounting, pricing, branding, and promotion to help in achieving success at BWI Thurgood Marshall.


About Fraport USA®

Fraport USA is the developer and manager of the retail, food and beverage operations at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal 5,  and Pittsburgh International Airport. A leading airport concessions model in North America, Fraport USA boasts among the highest per-passenger spending and receives accolades for innovation and customer service. For information, visit Fraport USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide, the global airport company based in Frankfurt, Germany. For more information about Fraport AG, visit

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