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Boston Logan International Airport Takes Top Winter Award Third Victory in Last Six Winters
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) announced that the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (NE/AAAE) recently awarded Boston Logan International Airport the Balchen/Post Award for Outstanding Achievement in Airport Snow and Ice Control. It is the third time in the last six winters the airport has received the award for the best snow removal in the nation.
Logan plow operators scooped up more than 80 inches of snow this winter, half of them during the steady stream of storms in January, using a fleet of equipment, including 27-foot blades to clear 10,000-foot-long runways in just over 10 minutes. Logan received the award in the category of Large Commercial Airport. “We’re honored to have been selected again for this prestigious award that validates our commitment to the safe operation of Boston Logan,” said Massport’s Director of Aviation Edward C. Freni. “The value of the Balchen/Post is that it is an endorsement by not only the airlines but the pilots and ground crews who depend on us to keep the airport open and functional during all weather conditions.”
The award, named for pioneering aviators Wiley Post and Col. Bernt Balchen, recognizes the dedicated efforts of “snow crews” in maintaining their airports in safe and operational conditions during the winter season. The award was presented at the NE/AAAE 44th annual International Aviation Snow Symposium in Buffalo, New York.
Boston Logan shares the top honor with New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Boston was last honored by the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives in 2009 when the airport recorded more than 66 inches of snow. Massport’s Hanscom Field in Bedford was also recognized with an Honorable Mention in the category of Large General Aviation Airport.
To be considered for the award, an airport is recommended by the users of the airport. Logan received recommendations from its airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration. The airport also received high praise from customers commenting on the airport’s social media channels. Those comments were included in the nomination. During the selection process, careful consideration is given to an airport’s in-depth preparedness, including their snow and ice control plan, equipment readiness, personnel training and overall safety awareness.
The International Aviation Snow Symposium award selection committee includes the Airline Pilots Association; U.S Dept. of Defense; Regional Airline Association; Air Transport Association; Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association; Metro Washington Airlines Commission; National Business Aviation Association; and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Boston Logan, 15 minutes from the intersection of Route 128 and I-90 and five minutes from downtown Boston, serves as the gateway to the New England region and offers nonstop service to 72 domestic and 29 international destinations and in 2010 handled 27.4 million passengers. Boston Logan is the Air Line Pilot Association’s Airport of the Year for 2008 because of its commitment to safety. Over the past decade, the airport spent $4.5 billion on a modernization program that includes new terminals, parking facilities, roadways and airport concessions, and has been transformed into a world-class 21st Century facility. The airport generates $7 billion in total economic impact each year.
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