Steep drop in air traffic may mean painful cuts at Massport

“This pandemic-induced economic crisis is going to be more prolonged than anyone anticipated for air travel.”

BOSTON, MA - 7/27/2020:  People maintain designated social distance while waiting for their luggage in Boston Logan airport. With more people traveling, airports around the country have employed strict regulations to restrict the spread of coronavirus.  (Erin Clark/Globe Staff)
–Erin Clark / The Boston Globe

BOSTON (AP) — A steep dropoff in air travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic has the agency that runs Boston’s Logan International Airport facing a worse-than-anticipated $400 million budget gap over the next three years, a deficit that could lead to layoffs, top officials say.

“It’s never a good thing to come in below your worst-case scenario and that’s where we find ourselves,” Massachusetts Port Authority board member John Nucci said during a Thursday meeting.

Chief Executive Lisa Wieland warned of painful cuts ahead. The agency that employs 1,350 people avoided job cuts during a previous round of cost-cutting in the spring.

Advertisement

Capital projects that have already been suspended, inlcuding a new parking garage, could face further delays.

Logan currently handles 400 to 500 daily flights, down from an average of 1,200 in October 2019.

Since January, the airport has seen 21.8 million fewer air travelers than 2019, a 68% drop, and it may be years before it picks up again.

“This pandemic-induced economic crisis is going to be more prolonged than anyone anticipated for air travel,” Wieland said.

Massport also operates the Conley Terminal and Flynn Cruiseport in Boston as well as Worcester and Hanscom airports.

Get Boston.com's browser alerts:

Enable breaking news notifications straight to your internet browser.

Turn on notifications

Great, you’re signed up!

Jump To Comments
Conversation

This discussion has ended. Please join elsewhere on Boston.com


Close

Get the latest breaking news sent directly to your phone. Download our free app.