Manchester-Boston Regional Airport - Manchester, NH - Regional public airport

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, so-called because of its proximity to Manchester (just 3 miles from the city centre) and Boston (less than 50 miles north of the city), is the fourth-largest passenger airport in New England catering to around 4 million customers annually. It's also the third-largest cargo airport thanks to FedEx, UPS and DHL, which sees it process some 150 million pounds of freight every year.

The airport was first built in 1927 and was originally used as an air force base, before being completely transferred to civilian use in 1972. The new and improved airport terminal was completed in 1994, and a number of expansions and improvements have been underway ever since and continue to this day, with improved access to the airport and expanded terminals all being in the pipeline.

Today, the airport is home to two runways seeing some 93,000 national aircraft movements a year taking passengers all over the US. It's got a reputation for never closing down because of bad weather, and in its entire history it's only been closed once. Even then, it was after September 11, when national airspace was closed for two days.

Transport links make it easy to get to and from the city of Manchester thanks to the number of shuttle services on offer. As well as the bus services provided by the Manchester Transit Authority there are also a number of private companies that offer the same, including Flight Line and Hampton Shuttle Inc. These can not only get you to Manchester but Flight Line takes you to Boston as well, running an hourly service for around $19 each way per passenger. Bear in mind though that reservations will usually be required for private companies so it's best to plan ahead.

A taxi service is also available to the front of the terminal as well as a number of car rental services if you want to make your own way, including Alamo, Budget, Dollar and Hertz. Parking shouldn't be a problem with some 11,000 parking spaces, covering two short-term car parks adjacent to the terminal, a parking garage connected to the terminal by a walkway and several long-stay car parks, located further away but easy to get to thanks to the free shuttle service.

In terms of facilities, the airport provides a number of essentials for travelers such as several ATM's throughout the terminal, news-stands and gift shops, food outlets including three full-service restaurants and even free Wi-Fi access for business traveler. There's an information point located on the first level of the terminal and a lost and found service for those with any problems with luggage.

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport has all the facilities you would expect from a public airport. With the convenience of shuttle services taking you to and from the airport they make it as easy as possible, and with destinations covering the length and breadth of North America and Canada it serves New Hampshire well.

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