PSM could come in handy many years down the line, as I can easily envision the Northeast corridor really extending up to Portland within the next 50 years. But first, let's examine the existing airport situation:
Boston: after Terminal A is done, BOS
will pretty much be at capacity. The only parts of the airport that will not have been redone are the current Delta pier (which could easily get redone after DL
/CO moves out, since I think CO
might move over to A in 2005), and Terminal D. After that, there will be no room for future expansion for either cargo or passenger services. BOS
can only handle a limited amount more of flights, but BOS
will be at capacity relatively soon.
Manchester: They will only be able to open up another 10-12 gates on the B concourse before they have to build a new terminal. They will have 16 gates by the end of the year, so a maximum of 25-28 gates can be built at MHT
(since B3b would become B4
). I could see this being obtained down the line, but not relatively soon. By 2050 maybe, but who knows.
Bedford: Have you ever been to Bedford/Concord/Lexington? The neighbours are amongst the biggest NIMBYs I have ever seen, and they will fight to the death over any new flights. More or less I could see BED becoming to Boston what TEB is to New York.
Worcester: once again, a NIMBY problem. There is potential in ORH, but only if they can get the access road built. I have never been to ORH, but I have heard that you have to drive through residential neighbourhoods, which is an annoyance. If the access road can be built, then about 1-1.5 million people could use ORH, but it would be an East-Coast airport (pretty much ATL
, NYC, PHL
, DC, etc.)
Portland: I think they are pretty much hedged in in terms of space (I believe they have water and neighbourhoods around them).
Once the other (current) options are expired, then we might see PSM
pick up. But, there will have to be a larger population base in the area, as the coastal towns are not that large until you get to around Danvers (save for Newburyport).