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M&T plans Baltimore airport office

M&T Bank Corp. said it will open its first full-service branch at Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport later this year, expanding its visibility in its faster-growing southern market.

The Buffalo-based bank said the new office will open near the Southwest Airlines terminal, before security. It will offer airport travelers, visitors and employees a full array of loan, deposit, insurance and investments products and services.

Large banks like having a presence in airports because of the ability to serve travelers from throughout their markets. M&T entered the Baltimore market with its 2003 purchase of Allfirst Financial from Allied Irish Banks, and both US Airways and Southwest Airlines dominate both BWI and many Upstate New York airports.

The bank already has nine automated teller machines at the airport -- seven in the departures area on the upper level, one in the international arrivals area, and one at the car rental facility. All are equipped with audio jacks for the visually impaired and Spanish-language capabilities.

Seven more will be installed Feb. 1 on the upper and lower levels. Two more will be added later in the year, one in a new food court and one at the new branch, for a total of 18.

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