Manchester–Boston Regional Airport
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) is located in Manchester, New Hampshire, and is less than 50 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. Therefore, MHT is a great alternative to Boston’s busy airport, Logan International Airport. MHT served an estimated 2.7 million passengers in 2011, and is the fourth largest airport in New England in passenger volume (behind Logan International, Bradley International Airport in Connecticut and T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island). The airport covers 1,500 acres and has two runways.
History of the Airport
Manchester airport was founded on June 7, 1927; and in November of 1927, the first pilot took off from the airport. In 1933, the first passenger terminal was opened. In 1961, an $850,000 passenger terminal was opened, and another 158,000 square foot terminal was added in 1994. This was a major improvement to the airport, which added many amenities such as additional carousels, restaurants, and parking. In 1999, yet another terminal was opened which included eight new gates and 90 feet of ticket counter space within its 75,000 square feet. The most recent terminal addition was in 2004, which was the second 75,000 square foot addition to the airport.
MHT was simply known as ‘Manchester Airport’ until 2004 when it was officially renamed Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. This was an effort to advertise both its distance and convenience to the Boston area. The three busiest domestic routes from MHT are those to Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Chicago (Midway).
Airport Operations & Amenities
MHT is New England’s third largest cargo airport, and processes more air cargo each year than all other regional airports in New England combined. UPS contracts with Wiggins Airways and has a sorting facility at MHT to distribute packages to northern New England.
The airport has closed only once in history (the two days when the national airspace was shut down following September 11, 2001), and has a reputation for staying open in the harshest of weather. The passenger terminal is open 24 hours a day and 365 days per year. Most of the ticket counters open by 4:30 AM, and food/concession stands open by 5:30 AM.
The New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society operates a museum (Aviation Museum of New Hampshire) on the grounds of the airport, and this museum includes the MHT’s historic 1937 terminal building. The third largest mall in the state (Mall of New Hampshire) is located only one mile from the airport and contains over 120 stores. The region’s lakefront resorts, ski areas, and beaches are all located within an hour of the airport.
Parking at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
Plentiful parking is available at MHT in various lots. Hourly parking is available in Lot A (located in front of the passenger terminal) and daily parking is available in the parking garage (connected to the passenger terminal by an elevated walkway). In addition, long-term parking is available in various lots served by a shuttle bus system. For those picking up passengers, a free Cell Phone Lot is located adjacent to the parking garage. There are also several private parking lots in the area of the airport that operate shuttle service to the terminal.