Boston Logan International Airport

Boston Logan Airport studying pick-up/drop-off fee for passengers

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Would you pay a fee to drop someone off at the airport – or to swing by and pick them up?

Along with the hassle of dealing with traffic, that may soon be something to add to the decision making process of heading out to Boston Logan International Airport.

The Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates Logan airport, is going to pay for a study to evaluate this option, the Boston Globe Reports, to see pick up and drop off fees might help alleviate curb congestion, air pollution and other traffic maladies brought on by the 20,000 cars that just swing through the airport each day.

Charging for airport pick-ups and drops offs is irritating, but not new. Drivers entering the roads near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport pay a $2 toll if they’re on the grounds for eight to 30 minutes, which airport officials believe is enough time to make a pick up or drop off and maybe squeeze in a hug. (The toll is $4 if a car is only on the airport grounds for eight minutes or less, which is a  clue a driver is using the airport grounds as a short-cut to somewhere else.)

Some airports in the United Kingdom charge drivers to enter airport roadways as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Love the layover: Boston’s new Yotel

I’m a big fan of the Yotel chain, having stayed in their affordable, cruise cabin-inspired hotel rooms at London’s Heathrow Airport, at the Paris CDG Airport and in New York City.

Room are on the “cozy” side (“Premium” cabins at CDG start at 97 square feet) but have everything you need : free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV, a cool retractable bed that turns into a sofa at the touch of a button, private shower and bathroom, work space, lots of power sources and cool lighting.

My most recent Yotel stay was at the brand new Yotel Boston.

Located in the super trendy Boston Seaport neighborhood, the Yotel Boston is on one of the first few stops of the (free!) Silver Line bus that goes into the city from the airport and is right next door to the station.

Rooms look much like other Yotel rooms, but have a few fresh twists. Layouts start at 152 square feet and include an updated bathroom layout with monsoon shower head and some creative storage and roll-out work surfaces.

The public spaces are charming as well.

Guests can have a drink or a meal at the lobby bar or duck into one of the work spaces for a quick meeting. There’s a well-equipped fitness room and an already very popular rooftop bar.

The Yotel chain started out as an in-airport amenity, and now offers short-stay cabins at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. In addition to the Boston Yotel, there is an in-city Yotel in New York and branches set to open in San Francisco and Singapore.

(My Yotel stay was booked at a media rate.)

 

 

 

 

9/11 anniversary observations at airports

Airports around the country are joining in the observation of the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy.

One airport where the event is remembered year-round is at Boston Logan Airport, where a 9/11 memorial – The Place of Remembrance – honors the passengers and crews of American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, which were the two flights that left Logan Airport the morning of September 11, 2001 for Los Angeles.

The memorial,designed by Boston-based Moskow Linn Architects, sits on 2.5 acres adjacent to the Hilton Boston Logan Airport Hotel and includes a large glass sculpture that has two glass panels etched with the names of the passengers and crew of each flight.

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Here’s a link to a page that has a video from the 2008 dedication of the Boston Logan International Airport 9/11 Memorial

It’s movie time at Boston Logan Int’l Airport

Just in time for the Academy Awards… Boston Logan International Airport has installed a new art exhibit with 30 movie posters celebrating many of the major Hollywood studio films shot in Massachusetts over the last 45 years.

 

The exhibit is hung chronologically by year, starting with a poster from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” which was shot in Northampton and released in 1966. The posters continue through to “The Town,” which was shot in Boston, Cambridge, Melrose and Somerville and released in 2010.

Plaques next to each poster contain the year of the film’s release and many of the Massachusetts locations used in the film.

 When additional films are shot in the state, they will be added to the exhibit.

Look for the Massachusetts movie posters in the walkway between Terminal C and Terminal B.

Here are the films featured:

The Town

The Social Network

The Fighter

Bride Wars

Knight and Day

21

The Proposal

The Women

Gone Baby Gone

Good Will Hunting

Shutter Island

The Perfect Storm

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Mall Cop

The Verdict

A Civil Action

The Departed

Mystic River

Malice

The Crucible

Glory

The Cider House Rules

The Witches of Eastwick

The Firm

School Ties

The Boondock Saints

The Brink’s Job

Jaws

The Thomas Crown Affair

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Earth Day at your airport

Traveling on a fuel-gobbling airplane on Earth Day?

Don’t worry – you can still be green on the ground at many airports.

 

Boston Logan International Airport is reminding travelers that is has added GobiCab, a fuel-saving, taxi cab ride-sharing app (for iPhones) to the eco-friendly transportation options listed on its website.

 

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport is celebrating by christening eight new electric car charging stations.

Wichita Mid-Continent and several other airports will be holding earth day fairs at their terminals

San Francisco International Airport is having a little Twitter contest.

If you tweet to @flySFO between 8 a.m. PDT and 8 p.m. PDT with ideas on how to reduce your environmental foot print when traveling, you may win one of the recycled SFO banner luggage tags they’re giving away.

And Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport kicks off its First Annual Garden Show on Friday, with displays from four area organizations: Openlands, Trees That Feed Foundation, The Conservation Foundation and the Chicago Botanic Garden.  Look for the green beyond the security checkpoints in Terminal 3, between concourses H/K and L through May 13.

 

(Flower photos courtesy Robin Carlson, Chicago Botanic Garden)