Logan International Airport is undergoing some major changes that are confusing travelers. Recently, Southwest took over AirTran, United merged with Continental, American shrinked operations, and Jet Blue is expanding. This is causing lots of changes, including shifting airlines to new terminals and gates.
One huge change will be in Terminal B. American Airlines and American Eagle currently occupy terminal B. American Eagle will be ceasing all operations at Logan on November 17, 2011 and its parent company, American Airlines, are drastically cutting fights out of Boston. This will leave 20,000 square feet free in Terminal B. The Massachusetts Port Authority is planning to incorporate this free space into a $40 million expansion to accommodate airplanes from the merger of United Airlines (which is currently operating in Terminal C) and Continental Airlines (which is currently operating in Terminal A.) The project is scheduled to be complete in 2013.
Edward Feni, director of aviation for the Massachusetts Port Authority, is treading thoughtfully into this new plan. He believes mergers will not deter travelers but worries that if airlines continue to raise prices and cutting flights that it will trigger rapid passenger decline. Although, Logan is expected to hit a record 29 million passengers this year. He reported to the Boston Globe stating, “We walk a fine line when we do this planning. You don’t want to build something and find it a ghost town.”