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No Snow Job: Boston Logan International Airport “Digs” Winter Weather

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Skates past Montreal and Salt Lake City for top snow removal honors

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 was the fourth time in nine years that Logan was recognized for having the nation’s best snow and ice control program at a large commercial airport.
Logan plow operators scooped up nearly 63 inches of snow this winter, with almost 25 inches falling during a 24 hour period in February when the East Coast was slammed with a major blizzard. Logan utilizes a fleet of equipment, including multifunction equipment with 27-foot blades to clear its 10,000-foot-long runways in just over 10 minutes.  Logan received the award in the category of Large Commercial Airport. 
Massport’s top priority is the safety and security of the more than 29 million passengers who use Logan each year, and the 17,000 people employed at the airport. During the winter season Logan follows a carefully orchestrated plan to tackle all types of weather.  Logan’s award-winning “snow crews” consist of approximately 100 highly-trained and experienced men and women who operate more than 40 specialized pieces of equipment, with the goal of making sure the airport can connect New England to the world in any type of weather.  Boston Logan budgets approximately $5 million annually for snow removal.
“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 also by 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 47th annual International Aviation Snow Symposium in Buffalo, New York.
Boston Logan beat out Canada’s Montreal-Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport and Salt Lake City International Airport, which captured honorable mentions.  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. Boston was last honored by the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives in 2011. Logan also captured the top honors in 2009 and 2005 as well as honorable mention in 2003. No other airport has achieved such consistent recognition.
“Operating effectively in challenging winter conditions is core to any airline’s success in Boston,” said JetBlue’s Airport Operations Director Ian Deason. “We are thankful for the dedicated professionals of Logan’s winter operations team who help provide a safe airfield operation and ensure a quality travel experience for our customers.”
The International Aviation Snow Symposium award Selection Committee includes the Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association; Airlines for America; Airline Pilots Association; Federal Aviation Administration; Metro Washington Airlines Committee; National Business Aviation Association; and the Regional Airline Association. Massport’s Hanscom Field in Bedford won top snow removal honors in the Large General Aviation Airport category.
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 2012 handled 29 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