Boston Airport, officially called the General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport or Logan Airport, is located in East Boston, Massachusetts. It is one of the 20 busiest airports in the U.S. handling over 25 million passengers a year. Based on Internationalflights it is ranked 12th. It also has an extensive cargo operation with over 273 million tons of cargo. It has four Terminal s and six runways to handle all the traffic. It is also the airport from which American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 took off and crashed into the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001.
Logan Airport was opened in 1923 as Jeffrey Field and was primarily used by the military. The first commercial flights began in 1927. Over the years it grew by incorporating some nearby islands as well as a landfill in Boston Harbor. It is surrounded on three sides by water as a result. The Massachusetts Port Authority is the owner/operator of the facility.
By 1974 Logan Airport was the second busiest U.S. Internationalarrivals facility. A new InternationalTerminal was opened and the volume of Internationaltravelers has become the fastest growing market sector for the airport. Despite its growth and traffic volume, Boston is the largest metropolitan area in the United States whose airport is not a hub for any full service airline.
Inside the four Terminal s, you will find all the amenities you expect from a major airport. You will find numerous bars, restaurants, and shops. There are banking and ATM facilities. You will find newsstands, duty free shops and specialty shops which sell items particular to Boston and the surrounding region. The restaurants range from fast food to full service dining. There is even free wireless Internet connection in all four Terminal s.
The airport is also fully accessible to those with physical disabilities. Telephones, restrooms, and walkways are all designed to provide ease of use. There are also special areas for children. Many of the restrooms also incorporate changing areas for babies. There are even rocking chairs spaced out over the Terminal s to allow mothers to take care of their infants.
Because Logan Airport was the departure point for American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 on September 11, 2001 a special memorial area was dedicated in 2008. It is open 24/7 to the public as a place to reflect and remember those whose lives were changed on that fateful day.
Logan Airport was rated in 2007 as the "Easiest Airport to Get To". This is due to its physical location relative to both public and private transportation access. The airport sits right off the Massachusetts Turnpike which provides ready access to drivers coming from the west, south and north. Public transportation includes the subway (with free to and from the Terminal s), water shuttle, bus, and a rapid bus. There is various commercial transportation service provided by limousines and taxis.
If you don't want to use public or commercial transportation to reach Boston or the surrounding area, you can use car hire in Boston services through one of nine agencies. The agencies are: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget , Dollar, Enterprise , Hertz, National, and Thrifty. You can obtain the best price by using tripindicator.com to get a cost comparison. Car hires can be arranged in advance or on the spot at the respective agency counter. All the agencies offer free shuttle service to take you to their parking facility.