Manchester Boston Regional Airport


The airports in Manchester and Portsmouth will receive a combined $18 million in federal funding for infrastructure improvements.

Most of that money will go to Pease International Tradeport for reconstruction of the airport’s two-mile-long main runway. That project has been in the works for years.

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Manchester-Boston Regional Airport has named a new assistant director of properties and contract management.

Luis Elguezabal replaces David Bush, who retired from the position after 24 years at the airport.

Elguezabal was director of the San Angelo Regional Airport in Texas, which he led for 11 years.

He is a former senior operations supervisor at Pease International Airport in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


Ted Kitchens came to New Hampshire last fall, after serving as manager at Houston Intercontinental Airport.  We'll hear his ideas on how to boost passenger traffic in Manchester, which has declined for the past thirteen years, and the unique challenges of regional airports, and issues facing the aviation industry at large. 

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For the 13th year in a row, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is reporting a decline in passengers.


2018 saw around 123,000 fewer passengers - a 6.2 percent decrease - flying in or out of the airport, compared to 2017.

Much of that loss is attributed to a 10.4 percent decrease in passengers on the airport's largest carrier, Southwest Airlines.


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TSA worker David Boucher watched President Trump's announcement from his living room in Pembroke. 


"I'm glad that my coworkers and I will soon be getting our pay reactively," he said, "But unfortunately we got three weeks and we could start this all over again."

Courtesy Charlie Niebling

UPDATE: An airport spokeswoman tells NHPR, "We will be updating the plaque to highlight the beauty of NH forests in Jefferson, NH." The original story continues below here.

A New Hampshire forester says Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is barking up the wrong tree in a big photo display near security.

Charlie Niebling of Antrim-based Innovative Natural Resource Solutions says he first noticed the mix-up this past summer.

He went through security at the airport and saw a big round column covered in a photo of trees with round, light-green leaves and papery white bark.

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Manchester-Boston Regional Airport has seen a steady decline in passengers within the last decade.

Ted Kitchens is the new director for the state's largest airport, and he joined Morning Edition host Rick Ganley to talk about how he plans to keep services in Manchester competitive with other airports in New England.

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Ted Kitchens has been tapped by Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig to be the new director of the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

Kitchens is currently general manager of the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, the nation’s 13th busiest airport. According to his resume, he has nearly two decades of experience in the industry.

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Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, New Hampshire's largest airport, will get nearly $7 million in federal funding to repair two of its taxiways.

Several members of the state's Democratic congressional delegation announced that a $6.8 million grant from the Department of Transportation will be going to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport to realign and reconstruct two taxiways. The new configuration improves safety, increases efficiency for planes using the runway and ensures the airport meets current Federal Aviation Administration design standards.

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Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is getting $3.5 million in federal funds to reconstruct and relocate several taxiways.

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Tower
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Manchester Boston Regional Airport is upgrading its terminal.