BOSTON – After a ribbon-cutting celebration with Gov. Patrick on Monday, Massport and United Airlines will open on April 30 a new and renovated section of Terminal B that provides the latest in customer service and convenience and for the first time connects the two sides of Terminal B post-security.
When the 162,800 square foot connection opens, all United operations will relocate to Terminal B. The first departing United flights will take place on April 30, although some late night flights will arrive at the new terminal on April 29.
Massport spent about $125 million on the $170 million project which focuses on customer service and convenience by having interactive way finding signage with boarding pass scanners that show passengers their gate, and in-seat power throughout the new terminal.
"The opening of United Airlines' new concourse at Terminal B is an investment in the future of Logan Airport," said Governor Patrick. "With increased customer service and convenience, United's presence in Terminal B will continue to make Boston a top destination for domestic and international travel. I thank United Airlines and Massport for their leadership and partnership."
The building allows customers of the new American Airlines to have post-security access to old US Airways gates and American gates, which previously required a passenger connecting from one side of the terminal to the other to be rescreened.
With United moving from Terminal A, it opens up gates there for future airline and airport growth. With United leaving Terminal C, it allows JetBlue, Logan’s largest airline, to continue its growth.
“Terminal B is the first step in our vision to connect Logan’s terminals so passengers changing planes at Logan won’t face re-screening, which is an important element in customer service and convenience,’’ said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “The Terminal B project not only sets the standard in improving the airport experience, it has locally-based concessions such as Berkshire Farms Market and Stephanie’s, which are new to Logan.’’
Berkshire Farms Markets will have 1200 square feet area in which it will offer a variety of Berkshire and Northeast-produced artisan foods.
"As an enthusiastic supporter of local food and farms in Massachusetts, I am very pleased that the Berkshire Farms Market Store will be opening the new Terminal B connector at Logan Airport,’’ said Congressman Richard E. Neal. “Travelers and airport personnel will now have a healthy dining option that promotes locally grown and produced food. Berkshire County has a thriving local farm to table economy, and now people from around the world will get a chance to sample their delicious products."
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 76 domestic and 35 international destinations and in 2013 handled 30.2 million passengers. Boston Logan is served by two public transit lines and 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.
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. For more information please visit massport.com.