Boston prepares for A380.
The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) has approved a $30m partial budget to create and reconfigure approximately 130,000sq ft (12,077[m.sup.2]) of floor space at Boston/Logan Airport's Terminal E.
The aim is to provide space and amenities to handle the Airbus A380. Three existing gates are to receive two additional airbridges each--this will enable one to reach the aircraft's upper deck, leaving the other two to access the main deck. The work will increase the size of the departure level gates and deplaning areas, and make the necessary infrastructure changes, such as widening taxiways and apron parking stands. The immigration and customs area at the western end of the terminal will be renovated; a larger area will be made available for concessions, and a third level will be added to provide space for new airline lounges.
The improvements are part of a $100m programme revealed by Governor Deval Patrick earlier this year. Massport CEO, Thomas P Glynn, said: "International Rights are the largest growing sector at Boston/Logan, with one in five passengers travelling abroad. This project reflects our continued effort to improve infrastructure that helps grow the region's economy, improve our customers' experience, and be a good neighbour."