As you research flights, this guide to New England airports will help you select the best arrival destination. New England is a compact region, so comparing flight prices to several of these airports may save you money.
It's important to remember that New England cities are only separated by a few hours at most, so if there are less expensive or better timed flights into Manchester, New Hampshire, as opposed to Boston, for example, it may be worthwhile to choose the smaller airport. But Logan International Airport in Boston, New England's largest and busiest airport, will likely have the most flight options available.
Some 30 million people catch flights in and out of Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) each year. This is New England's largest and busiest airport with flights to destinations across the U.S., Canada and to western Europe. Originally named Boston Airport when it opened in 1923, it was re-named Logan in 1956 after Edward Lawrence Logan, a local politician and war hero.
Bradley International Airport (BDL) is located in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, and primarily serves customers from throughout Connecticut and western Massachusetts. Bradley is southern New England's busiest commercial airport and is second only to Logan in the region for the number of passengers it serves each year. That number has grown steadily over the past six years to nearly 7 million travelers. Destination cities include Cleveland, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, various cities in Florida, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Montreal and Dublin, Ireland.
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) is located in Manchester, New Hampshire, about 50 miles north of Boston and serves customers in New Hampshire, Maine and Boston. It's New England's third-largest airport and a gateway to all of northern New England's attractions. Manchester has direct flights to and from Baltimore, Chicago, Orlando, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Philadelphia and other cities.
T.F. Green (now just Green) Airport (PVD) opened in Rhode Island in 1931 and was named for former governor and senator Theodore F. Green. It was the first state-owned airport in the U.S. Today, Green Airport has flights to and from many U.S. cities including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Miami and Detroit, as well as Dublin, Shannon and Cork in Ireland, and Joao Paulo Airport in the Azores.
NFL fans take note: Green Airport is the official airport of the New England Patriots, and on big game days, special event trains leave right from the airport for Gillette Stadium. Want to fly away to catch the Patriots at an away game? Green Airport makes that easy, too.
Burlington International Airport (BTV) is located in South Burlington, Vermont. It serves the Burlington area and beyond and has direct flights to and from New York City, Chicago, Toronto and points in New England, as well as Denver (skiing destinations gotta stick together!).
Portland International Jetport (PWM) is located in Portland, Maine, and has direct flights to and from East Coast cities, Atlanta, Chicago and Denver. Although the airport is small, it has continually grown and now serves more than 2 million passenger annually. Not bad for an airfield that got its start as a private pilot's grassy runway.
Bangor International Airport (BGR) is located in Bangor, Maine, and serves points around New England and New York. It also has flights to several cities in Canada.
Barnstable Municipal Airport (HYA) is in Hyannis, Massachusetts, and serves customers on Cape Cod and in the Boston area. This is a popular option for those who vacation on Cape Cod and don't want to make the drive on busy roads and bridges during the high season. Many private planes and tour planes fly out of this small airport.