Sorry if this has been discussed before, I haven't seen it, but given the increasing capacity constraints at Terminal E, has there ever been any contemplation at Massport or from the airlines of adding CBP facilities at other terminals? I'm thinking especially of A (could receive Delta's increasing numbers of Intl Arrivals and increasing numbers of other Skyteam Members) and C (B6 growing intl arrivals, as well as TP etc). Obviously a major hurdle would be the physical availability of sufficient space for customs itself, as well as budget, but nonetheless I would think that given all the Intl growth and the burgeoning need to park aircraft at E and in B6 and DL's cases especially, tow them around to their home terminals, I can't be the first person to think of it.
Sadly this has been discussed a number of times and you have partially hit the nail on the head with the space constraints in other terminals. A would be the prime candidate but would need a redesign of significant proportions to accommodate the CBP needs for about what 7 flights a day at peak (LIS, EDI, LHR, AMSx 2 and CDG) with the odd Caribbean flight for good measure to make #7 on average, you could make the argument that if A did have it, you could also pull AF x2, AZ , KL and KE over to make a decent number overall, then it becomes a gate space issue in A, as 330’s can only park in so many spots and DL is trying to ramp up its Domestic operation too at the same time.
Then we turn to C, nowhere to really put a sterile area without a fundamental redesign of the terminal space (some would argue it needs it anyway), it would also potentially limit gate flexibility for B6 and they need every space they can get for their future growth, given the number of passport destinations for B6, right now C40-C42 would be the smartest place to put it, but again it’s a space issue. However even that theory goes away when the B-C connector is completed and C43 comes along with the linkage to B as well.
Even if you could fix all of that, which last time I saw was not on Massport’s radar until at least FY22 or 23, it then becomes an issue of CBP staffing and whether these extra areas could be staffed properly by the Gov’t. Given some of the past challenges BOS has had with CBP, not sure I’m convinced it would happen
I think most of us on this thread would agree, if you could figure it out, Having a section in A for DL and friends would be the best option to pull their flights out of E and create more space for other airlines , but alas not.
Oh and one more thing, let’s remember if I recall correctly that the 7 gate expansion of E that’s coming (or 14 if all NB’s) is coming with a re-design Of the CBP space too so that will negate some of the pressure.
So to answer your question, makes sense but for the foreseeable future, not likely to happen.
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