After string of shut calls, Logan Airport will get largest share of federal runway enchancment funding

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The cash will probably be used to simplify the airport’s airfield format and restore runway pavement.

Boston Logan Airport was awarded $44.9 million Wednesday by the FAA to enhance its runways. Michael Dwyer/AP Photograph

After a slew of shut calls at Boston Logan Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding the airport essentially the most cash of any airport within the nation to enhance runway security as a part of a brand new initiative.

Logan will obtain $44.9 million to simplify its airfield format by eradicating a part of two taxiways, the FAA mentioned in a press launch Wednesday. The cash will even be used to restore the pavement on Runway 15R/33L, the airport’s longest runway, in addition to a couple of taxiways.

“The FAA is severe about ending runway incursions, and we’re placing substantial assets behind our efforts,” Affiliate Administrator for Airports Shannetta Griffin mentioned within the launch. 

Planes at Logan have come near catastrophe a number of occasions this yr already. The most recent incident occurred Aug. 14 when a Spirit Airways aircraft got here too near a runway maintain line, which is actually a cease line for planes. An air site visitors controller canceled an American Airways’ flight takeoff because of this.

In June, a United Airways aircraft and a Delta Airways aircraft collided at a low velocity. An identical incident occurred in March when a United aircraft clipped one other United aircraft. The earlier month, a constitution jet took off with out permission, forcing a JetBlue pilot to take “evasive motion” to keep away from hitting it.

Nobody has been damage in any of those incidents, and the FAA has investigated them. However the lethal Logan Airport aircraft crash of 1973, for which a 50-year memorial was held late final month, nonetheless looms giant over the airport.

The FAA is giving out a complete of $121 million to assist enhance runway security, it mentioned within the launch. Ted Stevens Anchorage Worldwide Airport was the one different airport to be awarded a equally giant sum of cash from the FAA. It’ll obtain $38.9 million for airfield simplification and lighting.

Airports in Washington D.C., Detroit, Toledo, Richmond, Jackson Gap, and Naples had been additionally awarded cash.

Massport didn’t reply to a request for remark Wednesday afternoon.