BOSTON, MA – MetroAir’s future in Boston has been solidified today with the announcement of a new long term lease agreement signed between the airline and Massachusetts Port Authority. Beginning June 1st, Boston’s Logan International Airport will be home to MetroAir Virtual Airlines’ East Coast flight operations.
The opening of the Boston hub comes at the expense of Baltimore-Washington airport, after the airline and the Maryland Aviation Authority could not come to terms on a new terminal lease. The MAA and the airline have publicly disagreed over rent, service and landing fees, as well as the number of international gates made available to the airline. While Baltimore will not remain an official hub for the airline, flight operations will continue on a more restricted basis and the city will retain Focus City status.
Massport and MetroAir have agreed to lease the majority of the Terminal B at Boston Logan to the Kansas City based airline. The agreement also includes the sole use of at least three gates at the future international Terminal E expansion.
“We’re extremely happy about our future in Boston,” exclaimed Chief Executive Officer Matt Calsada, “Boston is an amazing city that will be a perfect home for our airline for years to come.”
MetroAir’s Boston operation will initially boast 20 domestic and 6 international gates, with over 200 daily flights.
“Boston’s strong economical, educational, and cultural background is underserved and makes it an excellent base for our East Coast hub,” explained Chief Operating Officer William Hogarth, “Boston also gives us a number of unique opportunities to expand as an airline, and we’re excited to help bring the world closer to Boston.”
More details about MetroAir’s transition to New England will be released in coming weeks. For now, MetroAir will continue to operate the majority of its Transatlantic flights from Boston. Future schedule changes will reflect any changes in domestic service at both Boston and Baltimore.