From Boston Globe 1/16/06
After decades of being by far the leading destination for passengers at Logan International Airport, metropolitan New York has in the past two years slipped to second place behind the Washington, D.C., area. Today, nearly one in every eight Logan passengers is headed to one of the area's three airports -- Dulles, Reagan National, or Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Several factors have pushed Washington to the top of the list for Logan travel, particularly a huge drop-off in New York-bound traffic since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. With recommended pre-flight check-in waits and security lines now taking more time than the 40-minute flight itself, industry analysts say many frequent travelers are finding ways to avoid New York business trips, or are getting there by bus, car, or train.
At Peter Pan Bus Lines, for example, Boston-New York ridership plunged after 9/11 but has since recovered and is up 5 percent overall, Peter Pan executive vice president Robert Schwarz said. During the same period, discount Chinatown-to-Chinatown bus services emerged, and Amtrak launched its high-speed Acela trains giving travelers more alternatives.
At the same time, Boston-Washington travel has grown steadily, boosted by the availability of more low-fare tickets on that route than between Boston and New York, and commuting by ''road warrior" workers between the high-tech and professional-services hotbeds that drive the local economies in northern Virginia and the Hub.