Logan International Airport Unveils Modernized Terminal E and Marks 100 Years of Aviation Excellence

posted on 18th October 2023 by Eddie Saunders
Logan International Airport Unveils Modernized Terminal E and Marks 100 Years of Aviation Excellence

Boston, MA – In a momentous celebration, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) joined forces with Governor Maura Healey, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, airline partners, and key stakeholders to commemorate the completion of the state-of-the-art Modernization of Terminal E at Logan International Airport, coinciding with the airport’s centennial anniversary.

The ambitious project, overseen by Massport, included the construction of four new gates in Terminal E, the airport’s international terminal. These additions, coupled with corresponding amenities, are geared towards meeting heightened operational demands and enhancing the overall travel experience for passengers. Beyond the new security checkpoint, a spacious, naturally lit area awaits passengers, featuring an array of concessions, departure lounges, and access to new airline clubs on the fourth level. The project encompassed the construction of approximately 390,000 square feet and extensive renovations to integrate the existing Terminal E structure into a cohesive and unified building.

Boston Logan has evolved over the past century, transforming from a small field with two runways into a world-class transportation hub offering over 120 nonstop destinations. Originally inaugurated in September 1923 for military purposes, the airport swiftly expanded in response to aviation advancements and the surging demand for commercial flights. After a period of joint management by the Commonwealth and City of Boston, Massport has owned and managed the airport since 1956. The initial Terminal E, constructed in 1974 with 12 gates, has now been augmented by these four new gates, bringing the total to 16.

Governor Maura Healey remarked, “Logan International Airport is a critical economic engine for our state. These fantastic new upgrades at Terminal E are going to supercharge that engine and help to elevate our image on the world stage.”

Key Project Details:

  • New state-of-the-art TSA 7-lane security checkpoints
  • Expanded Arrivals Level curb
  • Expanded ticketing area
  • Over 100,000 sq. ft. of modern hold room and concession space
  • Enhanced outbound baggage handling system and baggage claim capacity
  • Advanced amenities and diversified seating options for an enhanced passenger experience

Mayor Michelle Wu highlighted the collaborative effort, stating, “Logan Airport is a gateway to opportunity and fosters connections for residents, businesses, universities, and organizations in the global economy.”

Sustainability Benefits:

The Terminal E modernization project prioritized sustainability, aiming for a high-performance, resilient, and resource-efficient terminal building. The design incorporates innovations that are expected to achieve energy efficiencies at least 20% better than the Massachusetts Energy Code. Upgrades to the HVAC system will enhance overall energy efficiency, with the goal of achieving LEED Gold certification.

Incorporating features such as photovoltaic window glazing, glare-controlling View® glass, and an energy-efficient displacement ventilation system, the project aims to:

  • Lower energy and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Conserve water
  • Improve waste management and recycling
  • Enhance air quality
  • Reduce energy consumption

Amenities and Concessions:

The modernization project caters to diverse passenger needs by introducing various amenities within the departures level, including a mothers’ room and a sensory room. Boston Logan now stands as one of the few major U.S. airports offering this type of sensory experience, featuring interactive stations focusing on balance, light therapy, and cognitive/memory improvement.

Passengers will also benefit from a range of new dining options, including sit-down restaurants and grab-and-go choices such as Sal’s Pizza, Boston Harbor Distillery, Legal Sea Foods, Hudson, and a food court seating area. Retail spaces include Connoisseur Collection, Boston Duty Free by Dufry, and iStore. Peet’s Coffee and Peet’s After Dark, featuring a full bar, are set to open in spring 2024.

The new security checkpoint boasts seven Analogic Computed Tomography (CT) lanes, providing 3-D images that can be rotated 360 degrees for thorough visual analysis by TSA Officers. Travelers will appreciate the added convenience of keeping laptops and electronic devices in their carry-on bags during screening.

Massport Board Chair Patricia Jacobs emphasized the significance of the modernization, stating, “Modernizing Terminal E represents Massport’s strong commitment to strengthening our role as an economic engine and connecting the people and businesses of New England to the world. These improvements to Logan create a more efficient, enjoyable travel experience for our passengers today and into the future.”