The Boston Globe | By Jon Chesto
November 19, 2016
Big changes are coming to Logan International Airport, but one of its two commercial landlords is passing up the multimillion-dollar opportunity to reshape the shops and restaurants in the airport’s terminals.
Westfield Corp., which manages terminals A and C for the Massachusetts Port Authority, has decided to let its leases expire and not bid for a new contract to oversee the business in all four terminals.
Massport wants to put management of the terminals under a single contract and to shake up the offerings of businesses available to travelers. It wants the next operator to highlight the region’s cuisine and brands, while keeping national chains in the mix.
The Logan contract is one of the biggest airport deals in play across the country, and a number of big airport concessionaires and developers are in the hunt. A Westfield spokesman declined to comment about the Australian company’s decision to end its Logan business, other than to say: “We are very proud of our relationship with Massport over the past 20 years and will support Massport through the process.”
The company that has the contract to run concessions at terminals B and E, Airmall USA, confirmed it plans to bid for the single airport-wide contract.