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.
Airlines Serving Manchester, NH Airport
Being a major gateway into the largest city of New Hampshire, the Manchester–Boston Regional Airport receives service from some of the largest airline companies in the United States. All of the airline ticketing counters are located on the First Floor of the main lobby that’s located to the right of the entrance in the main terminal building. All airlines use the gates on the Second Level of the terminal building.
Delta Air Lines links Manchester–Boston Regional Airport with two major destinations on the East Coast. The company offers direct trips to the LaGuardia Airport, which is one of the three major airports serving the New York City Metropolitan Area. Delta also connects the largest airport in New Hampshire with Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. With direct trips to Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan Airport, Delta Air Lines invites Manchester’s passengers to one of the largest cities in the Midwest region.
Southwest Airlines is proud to call itself the busiest airline at Manchester–Boston Regional Airport. This major low-cost American airline connects Manchester with popular resort destinations in Florida. Southwest Airlines takes customers to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Orlando International Airport, and Tampa International Airport. By offering direct trips to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Southwest Airlines creates a direct route into the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. This busy low-cost carrier can also be used to get to Chicago’s secondary airport, Midway. Anyone in New Hampshire who wants to visit the biggest casino city in the world can also use Southwest Airlines for seasonal flights to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. With additional service to Denver, Southwest Airlines is the only company in Manchester, NH to offer trips to the West Coast.
United Airlines links Manchester–Boston Regional Airport with some of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. By operating direct trips to Newark Liberty International Airport, United Airlines takes Manchester’s passengers into the Northern New Jersey part of the NY Metropolitan Area. This major domestic airline also operates non-stop flights to the main airports in Chicago, Cleveland, and Washington District of Columbia.
US Airways invites passengers at Manchester–Boston Regional Airport into some of the largest cities on the East Coast. US Airways Express service includes flights to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport. Additionally, the nation’s capital district can also be reached all year long via US Airways service at New Hampshire’s busiest airport.