April 19, 2013 at 8:26 AM
Alaska and others flying into Boston as airport remains open during manhunt
Boston’s Logan International Airport remained open Friday despite a virtual area-wide lockdown resulting from a police search for a Boston Marathon bomber.
Logan Airport is on Boston Harbor, about 12 miles due east of Watertown, the focus of the manhunt.
An Associated Press report says the airport remains operating, though mass transit operations have been suspended, businesses were asked not to open and residents were told to stay in their homes. Taxi service in Boston was suspended Friday morning but was restored by about 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, according to the Boston Police Department’s Twitter feed.
Alaska Airlines, which flies two direct flights Friday from Seattle to Boston, has maintained its schedule. The first flight departed Sea-Tac on time at 9:20 a.m. A second flight departs Seattle at 10:30 p.m. “Our Boston flights are on time and operational,” Alaska spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said in an email just before 9 a.m.
Alaska’s direct 8 a.m. flight from Boston to Sea-Tac departed Logan on time and arrived early in Seattle, at 10:53 a.m.
JetBlue, with the most daily flights serving Boston, and other airlines were also operating normally in and out of Boston. Many airlines have announced they are waiving change fees for passengers booked to Boston today. Published reports say those include JetBlue, American, Virgin America, United, Spirit and U.S. Airways. Alaska offered change waivers for its morning flight.
According to an AP report, the Massachusetts State Police set up a roadblock Friday morning and were searching some vehicles entering the airport. While no mass transit was reaching Logan, private cars, taxis and the Logan Express — a bus service to suburban park-and-ride facilities — were still able to enter the airport.
The biggest hassle for travelers were taxi lines, but a backlog had cleared by noon Boston time.
FlightView.com showed the airport’s FAA status as “normal,” with delays of 15 minutes or less for arrivals and departures.
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