Boston approves Logan airport expansion funds

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The Massachusetts Port Authority has approved $54 million for the terminal B expansion at Boston Logan International airport, fully funding the project.

The roughly $125 million project involves building eight new gates to house United Airlines on a new connector between the American Airlines and US Airways sides of terminal B. It will allow the Chicago-based carrier to consolidate its operations from separate facilities in terminals A and C.

Draft Terminal B connector plans

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Current terminal B (American side)

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JetBlue Airways will become the main tenant in terminal C with 25 gates, as a result of the move. It has plans to expand to 150 departures a day in Boston from about 110 currently by 2015.

The New York-based low-cost carrier is the largest at Logan with a nearly 27% share of enplaned passengers during the 12-months ending 30 November 2012, according to US Department of Transportation data.

JetBlue operates from 16 gates and United from 10 gates currently.

The terminal B project also includes connecting the secure area for Virgin America's two gates to the secure area for the rest of the terminal and building a new consolidated security-screening checkpoint.

The impact of the proposed merger of American and US Airways on the plans for Logan is unknown. The carriers use gates on both sides of B that will be separated by the new United-occupied facilities once they open.

Massport says that it is too early to comment on the impact of the merger on the airport.