Applications accepted for 2018 LaunchPad program

Fraport USA has announced the expansion of LaunchPad, an innovative program that gives local startups and small business owners a unique opportunity to participate in the dynamic retail program at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the company said.

The first LaunchPad businesses opened at BWI Marshall Airport in 2017 with merchandise ranging from accessories, hair and beauty products to herbal teas and women´s fashions. Two retailers are entering a second year at the airport. Their success has fueled the expansion of the program.

This year, two or more new local entrepreneurs or small business owners will be invited to participate. Following an application process, the selected retailers will receive 12-month leases for a kiosk along one of the airport´s busiest concourses. They will also receive additional resources, training, and sales and marketing support.

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, Pittsburgh International Airport and Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. For more information about Fraport AG, visit