Baltimore’s Pier 7 Heliport OK’d as DCA Gateway Airport

 - August 20, 2013, 3:15 PM

Baltimore Helicopter Services (BHS) received TSA approval to fly passengers directly from its Pier 7 Heliport in Baltimore to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). This makes Pier 7 the first heliport in the U.S. to receive such approval as a gateway airport under the TSA’s Fixed Base Operator Standard Security Program, allowing pre-cleared helicopters to land at the heliport and be screened for access to DCA. Previously, BHS was granted access via the DCA Access Standard Security Program, though its helicopters were required to land at a gateway airport for TSA screening before landing at DCA.