Logan Airport Breaks Passenger Record!
Welcomes 29 Millionth passenger
BOSTON – With five days left in 2012, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) today announced a record breaking year for passenger traffic at Boston Logan International Airport with 29 million passengers, beating the previous all-time high of 28.9 million passengers that was established last year.
Massport, which owns and operates Boston Logan, celebrated the milestone by welcoming members of the Lewis family from Maine as the 29 millionth passenger to use Boston Logan International Airport in 2012. Gary Lewis is the director of education and outreach for the Geological Society of America; his wife Jennifer is the proprietor of Frosted in Maine, a specialty cake decorating business; and their two children, Madeline and Oliver. The family were traveling from Boston to Los Angeles and then on to Australia for their annual family vacation. The Lewis’ are frequent travelers and choose Logan Airport when visiting family on the west coast and beyond.
“Boston Logan International Airport is New England’s gateway to the world,’’ said Massport CEO and Executive Director Thomas P. Glynn. “People from the six-state region rely on Logan to connect them with family, friends and opportunities around the globe.’’
“Today’s milestone is a testament to New England’s standing as a world-class tourist destination which attracts millions of visitors from around the globe who come here to enjoy the region’s famous beauty, its leisure, historic and cultural attractions as well as our world-famous colleges, universities and hospitals,” said Massport Director of Aviation Operations Todd Smith. “Logan is proud to be the largest airport in New England, providing service to more than 100 international and domestic destinations,” Smith thanked the Lewis family for choosing Logan Airport and presented the family with gift baskets to mark the occasion.
Logan is the 11th largest origin and destination airport in the country and in 2011, was the fastest growing non-hub air travel market in the country with passenger growth of nearly 8% -- considerably higher than the average 1.3% growth for the other top 20 US markets.
Massport determined the 29 millionth passenger based on November passenger totals and the availability of airline seats and projected load factors during the month of December. With that information Massport determined the 29 millionth passenger would be on United Airlines Flight 717 from Boston to Los Angeles on Dec. 26.
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 31 international destinations and in 2011 handled 28.9 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, public transportation access, 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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The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $8 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. No state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities.