The General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport's name isn't the only big thing about it. Logan, as it is called for short, is the biggest airport in New England. Busier than Atlanta and San Francisco, Logan serves as a focus city for several carriers and more than 26 million passengers cross through its 2400 acres each year.
Although it is a major economic force in the area, the airport has not always been popular. The land used for the airport had a mix of prior uses. One of the airport's longest runways lies over a former neighborhood where residents were forcibly relocated using eminent domain in the 1970s. Another section was built using landfill waste to extend the airport grounds into Boston Harbor. The landfill project was the butt of many jokes, but did allow for ground to be repurposed instead of being left idle.
In General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport got its first new runway in 40 years, in a move that was designed to add capacity and reduce noise. The new runway reduces the amount of flying done overland in the Boston area. As the new runway approach route does water take-offs and landings, travelers will want to grab window seats more often to get a great view over the Boston area by sea.
Getting to Logan by land is possible by car, bus, ferry or rail. The South Station of the MBTA Silver Line connects with all the Logan terminals. Somewhat oddly for non-natives, the Blue Line's Airport Stop does not arrive at the airport, but getting off at the stop does give access to shuttles that go to and from the airport. The water shuttle is accessed by taking a shuttle from the terminal to the dock and negotiating with the water taxis waiting there. Cab and limousine service is regulated and managed by Massport at each terminal.