WESTBOROUGH, MA – Tom Glynn, Chief Executive Officer of Massport, shared the key initiatives that Massport is implementing to continually upgrade the transportation infrastructure and maintain competitiveness in the global economy, before 30 MassEcon members at the organization’s bi-monthly members meeting on May 13.
Glynn emphasized Massport’s priority for safety and security and creating a safe environment at all of its facilities. While safety is a constant priority for Massport, in just the last 10 years, non-stop international flights have doubled at Boston’s Logan International Airport.
Currently, the airport offers 128 non-stop destinations, 53 of which are international. Additionally, there are more than 5.5 million international passengers that travel through Logan Airport.
Despite passenger growth and this increase in international flights, no new gates have been added to the airport’s international Terminal E since 1974. Glynn’s effort to modernize Terminal E will allow for a connector between Terminal C and E (coming summer 2016); A380 gates (to be completed December 2016); and adding seven gates (to be completed in 2022).
In addition to the need for modernizing Terminal E, Glynn addressed the parking challenges at Logan Airport and the need for a dredging project in Boston Harbor.
Glynn contends that more parking spaces at Logan International Airport will reduce vehicle miles traveled and provide for environmental benefits to neighboring communities.
Glynn also noted that Port of Boston, with four lines of business from shipping internationally to cruise vacations, must be able to accommodate larger post-Panamax ships that come through the now wider Panama Canal. To this end, Massport will be undertaking a dredging project that involves a $35 million commitment from the state.
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