The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and American Airlines have celebrated the unveiling of the new Terminal B Great Hall, part of the Terminal B Optimization project at Boston Logan International Airport.
The Terminal B Optimization project connects all 37 gates post security and consolidates three TSA security checkpoints on the former US Airways side into one modern checkpoint, including new Automated Screening Lanes (ASL), which improve efficiency and reduce wait times for passengers.
The project included the expansion and reorganization of ticketing counters and kiosks; gate modifications to better accommodate airline requirements; an improved baggage-handling area; reconfigured concession locations; and improved aesthetics, specialty seating and wayfinding.
The Great Hall also offers better flow for passengers, from the ticket counter, through security and to their gate. It features an entire wall of energy-efficient windows that let in more natural light and darken while in direct sunlight, making the area more comfortable for passengers and employees; new concessions and restaurants with a local flavor; and exhibits that celebrate New England athletes, sports teams, and special moments in the region’s sports history.
Also on offer are more comfortable seating options, including couches, lounge chairs and work stations with device plug-in capabilities; a new KidPort decorated with characters from children’s books written by local authors; and a new pet relief station.
All American Airlines operations will now take place on one side of the Terminal.
The project included the construction of an additional 75,000ft² (6,500m²) and the renovation of approximately 70,000ft² of existing space within Terminal B. The project is pursuing green building initiatives and LEED Certification.