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Logan Airport - Facts

Who: Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport)

What: Rebuilding the 19th busiest airport in the U.S.

Where: East Boston

When: Construction began 1995, completion 2005

Why: Last major capital improvements were in the 1970's, and airport traffic has increased dramatically.

How much: $3,256,000,000

Web: www.massport.com
Logan Airport

Boston Logan International Airport is Boston's financial iron lung, breathing $5,000,000,000 a year into the area's economy. Logan is not an airline's hub…it's The Hub. Logan passengers aren't just changing planes; 90% of Logan passengers start or finish their journey here. Nearly every person who arrives at Logan has chosen Boston as their destination.

A city's greatness is often measured by its ports of entry. In the 1600's and 1700's, that was a seaport and the associated customs house. In the 1800's and early 1900's, that was a train station. Today, airports often create the first strong impression of a city, good or bad.

Logan airport's last major renovation was in the 1970's. Dramatic increases in size and scheduling and emerging structural problems in the buildings led to an intense planning period in the 1980's. In 1995, the rebuilding of the airport began. "We're building a new airport on top of the old one, while more than 25,000,000 people a year pass through our construction sites," explains Chris Gordon, director of the Logan Modernization effort.

Logan is one of the busiest airports in the world…acre for acre. It's also one of the smallest airports. It's the little airport that could, with one huge advantage: it's only a mile from downtown. Compare that to Denver International Airport, one of the newest and largest airports in the world, an unfortunate 24 miles from downtown. Denver is 13 times bigger than Logan, and sits on 33,000 acres. The entire city of Boston, from Quincy to Revere - including the harbor - could fit inside of Denver's airport. Logan somehow handles 75% of Denver's volume, while it completely reconstructs itself.

 Click here to see comparison between Boston and Denver's airports
 Click here to read about Logan airport's future designer terminals

Looking from the top of the control tower, this 360-degree view shows Logan under construction in the foreground, Boston’s skyline in the background. Logan is literally a city within a city. Every day, Logan’s average population (86,000) is more than the city of Somerville (76,000), and twice that of Revere (42,000). Day care, church, police, fire, hair salon, heating/cooling plant -- all those services are here.

"You’ll be able to leave your coat in the car," boasts Massport’s Chris Gordon, speaking of the new climate-controlled elevated walkways. Nearly 300 feet up, at the top of one of the nation’s tallest control towers, this panoramic view offers a view of the central parking facility, the enclosed walkways to the terminals, and the Boston Harbor beyond.
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