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Logan International Airport

Coordinates: 42°21′47″N 071°00′23″W / 42.36306°N 71.00639°W / 42.36306; -71.00639
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General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerMassachusetts Port Authority (Massport)
ServesGreater Boston and New England
LocationEast Boston and Winthrop, Massachusetts, U.S.
Hub for
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL20 ft / 6 m
Coordinates42°21′47″N 071°00′23″W / 42.36306°N 71.00639°W / 42.36306; -71.00639
A map with a grid overlay showing the terminals runways and other structures of the airport.
FAA airport diagram
BOS is located in Massachusetts
Location within Massachusetts / United States
BOS is located in the United States
BOS (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4L/22R 7,861 2,396 Asphalt
4R/22L 10,006 3,050 Asphalt
9/27 7,001 2,134 Asphalt
14/32 5,000 1,524 Asphalt
15L/33R 2,557 779 Asphalt
15R/33L 10,084 3,073 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Aircraft operations424,024[1]

General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport (IATA: BOS, ICAO: KBOS, FAA LID: BOS) in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, United States (and partly in the Town of Winthrop, Massachusetts), is one of the 20 busiest airports in the U.S., with over 27 million passengers a year.[3] The airport serves as a focus city for American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, US Airways, and JetBlue Airways.

It covers 2,400 acres (10 km²), has six runways, and employs an estimated 16,000 people.[4] The airport has service to destinations in the United States, as well as Canada, the Cape Verde Islands, the Caribbean, Europe, and Mexico. The distinctive central control tower, nearly a dozen stories high, is a local landmark with its pair of segmented elliptical pylons and a six-story platform trussed between them.

Boston serves as a focus city for JetBlue Airways.[5] Delta Air Lines and US Airways also carries out many operations from the airport, and all major airlines fly to Boston from all or the majority of their primary and secondary hubs. It is also a destination of many major European airlines, such as Lufthansa, British Airways, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Air France. The airport is a hub for regional airline Cape Air. The airport has service to destinations in the United States, as well as Africa,[6] Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico, and South America.[7] Japan Airlines plans to inaugurate service to Tokyo in 2012, which would add the first service to Asia since 2001.[8] As of July 2013, the service continues to operate with great success.

In 2010, it was the world's 28th busiest airport in terms of aircraft movements. The airport is also the 12th busiest airport in the U.S. based on international traffic. In 2010, it handled 3,681,739 international passengers.[3] Logan Airport stimulates the New England regional economy by over $7 billion each year. It generates $559.4 million in state and local taxes.[9]

Accidents and incidents

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  • On October 4, 1960, Eastern Air Lines Flight 375 crashed into the sea while attempting to take off from Logan Airport. 62 people died and 10 people survived, incurring serious injuries.[10]
  • On November 15, 1961, A Vickers Viscount N6592C of Northeast Airlines was written off when it collided with a Douglas DC-6 N8228H of National Airlines after landing at Logan International Airport. The DC-6 had started to take-off without receiving clearance to do so.[11][12]
  • On July 31, 1973, Delta Air Lines Flight 723, a DC-9 airplane, crashed into a seawall at Logan Airport, causing the deaths of all 83 passengers and 6 crew members on board. One of the passengers initially survived the accident but later died in a hospital.[13]
  • On November 3, 1973, Pan Am Flight 160, a Boeing 707-321C cargo aircraft, crashed on approach to Boston-Logan. Smoke in the cockpit caused the pilots to lose control. Three people died in the hull-loss accident.[14]
  • On January 23, 1982, World Airways Flight 30 from Newark to Boston made a non-precision instrument approach to runway 15R and touched down 2,800 feet (850 m) past the displaced threshold on an icy runway. When the crew sensed that the DC-10-30-CF could not be stopped on the remaining runway, they steered the DC-10 off the side of the runway to avoid the approach light pier, and slid into the shallow water of Boston Harbor. The nose section separated as the DC-10 came to rest 250 feet (76 m) past the runway end, 110 feet (34 m) left of the extended centerline. Two passengers (a father and son) were never found and are presumed to have been swept out to sea.[15]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Boston-Logan International Airport: Monthly Airport Traffic Summary - December 2017 (PDF) (Report). Massachusetts Port Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 9, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  2. FAA Airport Master Record for BOS (Form 5010 PDF). Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Airport Statistics". Massport. 2011. Archived from the original on May 29, 2010. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  4. "MASSPORT: Logan Airport: FAQ". Massport. 2008. Archived from the original on July 18, 2008. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
  5. "JetBlue Airways - Press Releases". Investor.jetblue.com. 2011-08-10. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  6. "Cape Verde". CIA World Factbook. 2010. Archived from the original on August 31, 2020. Retrieved December 26, 2010.
  7. "direct flights from United States to Brazil : D Airfare". www.dairfare.com. 27 November 2008.
  8. Katie Johnston Chase (May 27, 2011). "Japan Airlines sets Hub-Tokyo service". The Boston Globe.
  9. Howe, Peter J. (March 8, 2006). "Logan impact to area economy put at $7.6b per year". The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  10. "Accident Description: Lockheed L-188A Electra N5533". Aviation Safety Network. September 4, 2007. Archived from the original on November 21, 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  11. "Accident description: Vickers 798D Viscount N6592C". Aviation Safety Network. October 11, 2010. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  12. "Accident description: Douglas DC-6B N8228H". Aviation Safety Network. April 4, 2004. Archived from the original on October 4, 2006. Retrieved October 2, 2009.
  13. "Accident Description: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 N975NE". Aviation Safety Network. May 25, 2011. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  14. "Pan Am Flight 160". Aviation-safety.net. 1973-11-03. Archived from the original on 2011-08-06. Retrieved 2013-02-23.
  15. "Accident Description: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30CF N113WA". Aviation Safety Network. May 25, 2011. Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  16. "3 Bombs Hit Boston Area; Plane, Truck, Courthouse". Nashua Telegraph. July 2, 1976. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  17. Bradlee, Ben (April 4, 1979). "Incendiary Device Triggers Logan Fire". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on July 25, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  18. "After 9/11". American Trans Man. September 11, 2011. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  19. Booth Thomas, Cathy (September 9, 2002). "The Flight Attendants: Courage in the Air". Time. Archived from the original on July 15, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  20. "Fire Breaks Out in parked Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner". CBS. January 7, 2013.
  21. "FAA Press Release" (Press release). Federal Aviation Administration. January 16, 2013. {{cite press release}}: Cite uses deprecated parameter |authors= (help)
  22. Christopher Drew and Jad Mouawad (April 19, 2013). "Boeing Fix for Battery Is Approved by F.A.A." The New York Times.