The 1999 departed flights OAG shows some crazy changed over time
BOS-ALB/SYR over 10x daily each
BOS-BGR/BTV 15x daily each
BOS-PWM was about 20x daily.
That alone right there is 140 operations that was contributing to the airfield congestion and delays that plagued the airport back then.
A few other interesting ones were on the low side
The rise in direct west coast flights came at the expense of places like ORD and DFW.
There is something to be said for the airport congestion, and it's such a relative difference.I have extracted some numbers below to prove a point. We think BOS is congested now... but we are WAY off in terms of how it was way back when, the difference is that the regional jets have dropped like a stone between 1998 and now and have been replaced by bigger jets, which obviously sit at the terminal longer, so it's difficult to do 20x to PWM, but a 14m increase in pax count with 83,000 less movements, roughly 114 departures a day LESS.
So field congestion isn't really the issue, it's gate space (because of the switch to bigger jets) and obviously terminal space. Essentially 14m pax going through approx the same footprint.
Figures: year, total movements, domestic commuter, domestic jet, International, other, pax count,
98/99 source: http://massport.com/media/1942/dec-99_a ... ummary.pdf
2018 source: http://massport.com/media/3066/1218-avs ... ummary.pdf
1998 507,449 195,573 231,328 48,118 32,430 - 26,526,708 -
1999 494,816 169,890 241,703 44,694 38,529 - 27,052,078
2018 424,024 69,139 263,691 53,679 37,515 - 40,941,925
Those numbers above are grand totals for CY, from Massport's financials for FY the change is even more stark for Avg Pax Countshttp://massport.com/media/1347/fy2008_cafr.pdf
- Page 100 for July 98 to June 99
Domestic (jet and charter) - 84.9
International (jet, charter and commuter) - 87.6
Regional - 12.1http://massport.com/media/3425/mpa-fy19-cafr-final.pdf
- Page 150 for July 18 to June 19
Same groupings as above
Domestic - 118.8 (up 34 per flight!)
International 146.7 (up 59 per flight)
Regional - 30.9 (up 18 per flight)
Quite amazing really
That feeling when you sit at the end of a runway, brakes are released and the raw power takes over. Now that is a thing of beauty and it never gets old.