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Partial Budget of $20 Million Voted to Begin Aggressive Renovation Program Boston Logan Terminal Improvements Receive Board Approval BOSTON - The Massachusetts Port Authority Board today approved a partial budget of $20 million for renovations and improvements to Terminals B, C and E. When completed, the project will provide a new home for United Airlines in Terminal B, allow JetBlue to continue to grow in Terminal C and provide enhanced customer service with post-security connections between the two sides of Terminal B and between Terminal C and Terminal E.
“The consolidation of the airline industry as the number of mergers has accelerated in recent years, has also necessitated the physical consolidation of airports themselves in order to accommodate these new alliances in a single terminal and to allow passengers to more easily and conveniently connect between flights,’’ said David S. Mackey, Interim CEO & Executive Director of Massport. “When this phase of the work is done within the next two years, United Airlines will have new gates in Terminal B and passengers will be able to go from the US Airways side of Terminal B to the United and American side without having to go through security twice. Similarly, there will be a post-security connection between Terminal E and Terminal C.’’
In order to meet an aggressive schedule, the Board approved a partial budget which will be used to fund demolition, procure pre-construction Construction Manager at Risk services and continue design. Massport will return to the Board later this year for additional funding and a final design for the project.
The project, estimated to generate more than 60 construction and design jobs over an 18 month period, will be designed to meet Massport’s Sustainable Design Standards which include waste reduction and recycling, LED lighting and improved roofing and skins for energy efficiencies, use of regional materials and “Certified” wood.
In addition to connecting the American and US Airways sides of Terminal B, the project will include new ticket counter positions, renovated security checkpoint with additional lanes, concession space and baggage handling systems. The post-security connection between Terminal E and Terminal C will have a glass wall looking out on the airfield from the Southwest gate area to the concourse in Terminal C that is now used primarily by United Airlines.
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.