Manchester-Boston Regional Airport also often referred to as Manchester Airport, is located at the south of the business district of Manchester, in New Hampshire, United States. The airport codes is ATA: MHT. The airport is on the border of Rockingham and Hillsborough counties. Manchester Airport lies in both Manchester and Londonderry.
This art-deco 1937 terminal served as Manchester's aviation front door until succeeded by the Ammon Terminal in 1961.
Run by the New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society, on the east side of the airport with capitals from current airport administration, the building houses Aviation Museum of New Hampshire.
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport was founded in 1927, it serviced more than a million passengers in a year in 1997 alone. The airport handled 4.33 million passengers in 2005 after years of extension; it was its peak year. In 2018, it handled 1.85 million passengers. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is New England's fifth-biggest airport by passenger volume, and it is by far the liveliest airfield in New Hampshire.
On June 25, 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh flew over Manchester two months after his memorable solo flight across the Atlantic. Thousands have gathered to witness the ceremony, but the best view belonged to those in downtown offices as Lindbergh cruised down Elm Street at the roof-top level.
It is incorporated in the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, in which it is described as a small hub, primary commercial service facility.
The facility was called Manchester Airport, until 2006 when it added: "Boston Regional" to display its vicinity to Boston, just 50 miles to the South.
The airport has a notoriety for never yielding to lousy weather. In all years of its service, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport had closed only once, following the September 11 terrorist attacks, since all American airports were required to close.
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport was founded in June 1927, when the city's Board of Mayor and Aldermen placed fifteen thousand dollars towards the project. By October, they decided to build at an 84-acre site located near Pine Island Pond. In only a month, two 1,800-foot runways were constructed, and in 1933, the first passenger terminal was built.
As air transportation was flourishing, the parents of Derry teenager treated him his first plane ride from Manchester to Boston. Later this young boy got a job at the airport.
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, known as it is today, began to take its shape as a shared civil-military building in the 1960s. The first notable improvement at the airport was the construction of a new terminal and the 1st modern air-traffic control tower in New Hampshire. A new $850,000 passenger terminal opened at Manchester Airport in December 1961. It was named after Roscoe A. Ammon, a thriving businessman and airport sponsor who provided the City of Manchester with 500 thousand dollars in to begin the installation of the modern terminal. Unfortunately, Ammon died because of cancer less than two weeks before the opening of the new terminal. A new passenger terminal was constructed in 1964, and in 1966, the Air Force withdrew its remaining forces and officially closed Grenier Air Force Base, leaving the airport open for local operations. The airfield was renamed Manchester Airport In 1978.
Throughout the 60s and 70s, the Airport, Northeast Airlines, was the first airline with its DC-9, CV-240, and FH-227 planes. Delta Air Lines later absorbed Northeast and proceeded to serve the Manchester Airport with the DC-9 until the end of the 70s, after which it discontinued all services at this airport. In the mid-1980s, airlines continued jet services out of Manchester. United Airlines started conducting flights at Manchester in 1983, with two daily flights to Chicago-O'Hare.
In January 1991, the second Ammon terminal extension was completed. The airport added four baggage slide doors and relocated car rental companies.
In 1992, "Phase I" of the upgrade process of Manchester Airport began. This program included taxiways, a new passenger terminal, roadways, and parking. "Phase II" began five years lates in 1997 of Manchester Airport begins. This program included taxiway improvements, runway, passenger terminal addition, parking garage, and new airport entrance road.
In 1994, a new 158 thousand square foot passenger terminal opened at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. This modern facility offers many airport conveniences, like five regional gates and seven jet gates, three baggage carousels, new restaurants, a newsstand, and inexpensive short and long-term parking lot near the terminal.
In April of 1999, the airport opened its new 775 thousand square foot terminal addition, including three new plane gates, five new regional gates, and ninety feet of ticket counter area.
In the early 90s, United Airlines launched flights between Manchester and Washington. Still, the formation of a north-south hub at Dulles did not work for United, and massive competition in this market led to a swift exit. US Airways started conducting flights at Manchester in 1986, by connecting their hubs at Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The carrier used the 737-200, DC-9, and BAC 111 aircraft. Both carriers extended service at Manchester over the years with more flights and larger planes. United now operates a stern non-stop schedule to and from Chicago with no tag-on or intermediate stops. The 757 jets have been used by both US Airways and United at Manchester Airport, which holds as the most jumbo passenger-carrying jet to serve the airport. Northwest Airlines, United, and US Airways still regularly use the Airbus A320 series of aircraft.