|Quoting vs11 (Reply 11):|
Indeed, things are looking good for Boston and the area in general. The local economy is doing pretty well, and most importantly Boston is fixing one of its long-standing issues - costly housing. The last couple of years have seen many new projects (granted, high-end, but still) and more and more young people and families are moving into the city. So you do have the market for growth and as airbazar says the local authorities are very pro-growth oriented and cooperative with businesses. Also, Boston just got a new mayor who is moving on keeping bars open later so that would also help with Boston shaking the perception of being on the sleepy side.
This is only half of the issue. The other half is below.
|Quoting chrisnh (Reply 14):|
The only problem I can see is that the BOS infrastructure (land-side, air-side) may be outpaced by the demand to fly here. Like someone said, Emirates may want to use a 773ER NOW, but the gate they have can't accept it without taking out neighboring gates. Stuff like that.
This is a major issue with BOS
. There is very little room for expansion, and they cannot take out gates to accomidate bigger airplanes. That would cause issues with slots and gate avaliability, which I heard is strained during the peak times of the day.
If MASSPORT put out expansion plans (even if they were contained in the present airport boundaries), East Boston would have a huge cow.
In the 80's, when they were planning the Big Dig, MASSDOT and MASSPORT had a plan to take out a 50 ft section of a park and ride for a new ramp to (or from) the Ted Williams. The business owner flipped, mobilized the residents under the guise of "airport expansion", and caused a huge planning and political headache for years.
What MASSPORT needs to do is to figure out how to retrofit the existing infrastructure. They are already doing this, but I wonder if Terminal A could take customs? That would remove the DL
flights from E, freeing up gates and slots.
However, I (and we) don't have the concrete data about the usage and physical restraints. This is just what I think after studying things about the airport and the city.
|Quoting ASA (Reply 47):|
When will HU have enough 788 to launch daily service on this route?
Im not sure about BOS
, but I am noticing HU
is using their new 788 service to undercut flights to Asia, they were 400-500 dollars cheaper routinely for ORD
r/t. Not sure if this is a coincidence or not. When EK
comes here... who knows what will happen.
|Quoting chrisnh (Reply 55):|
The catalysts that are drawing out these new international carriers were always in Boston: the universities, the financial companies, medicine and hospitals. These 'demographics' set Boston apart from other U.S. cities, and they've been in place forever.
Eds and meds. Boston is becoming very wealthy and gentrified in an extremely fast rate. These are the people with the money to travel.... thus the growth.
Shocked me coming back after 9-10 years of being in Chicago to the city, and seeing how gentrified and modernized it is becoming. Its cool but disturbing at the same time. But that is where the money is so....