PPR no longer required at Boston

By David Mumford


Update Sep 1, 2020: The PPR program for GA operators at KBOS/Boston has been suspended due to the reduction in traffic caused by the Covid crisis. However, apron space remains limited though due to construction work near the GA ramp. Contact Signature Boston in advance to make sure you have somewhere to park (especially if overnighting). You can contact them on (617) 561-2500 or via BOS@signatureflight.com. The program may be re-introduced in the future as traffic levels increase.  More info here.

Effective Oct 21, 2019, parking spots for GA/BA aircraft at Boston have been cut by around 50%, due some major airside construction projects set to take place over the next few years. PPR and time restrictions are now in place, likely lasting until 2023.

Here are the key points:

  • You now have to apply for PPR through Signature FBO no more than 30 days in advance but no less than 4 hours prior to ops. PPR will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Aircraft are limited to a maximum of 4 hours on the ground. You can apply for longer, this will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, no guarantees.
  • Limited overnight parking may be available between 1800 local until 1200 noon the following day – check with Signature FBO.

Signature Flight Support is the only FBO at Boston. They have said that operators wanting to do drop-and-go’s at Boston can reposition to KBED/Bedford airport for parking, and receive a 25% discount on handling charges. KBED looks like it could be a good option, as they are open H24 (tower is open from 07-23 local time), has a 7000ft runway, and the airport is only 20 miles from Boston – they do also handle international flights too, so you could always just fly there directly instead. The Signature page for KBED is here.

One other option is KBVY/Beverly airport. North Atlantic Air is the sole FBO there, and fees can be lower than KBED. The airport only has a 5000ft runway, and does not have 24/7 Customs coverage, but you can contact the CBP office at KBED to make arrangements. Drive time from KBVY into downtown Boston is roughly equivalent as from KBED. The North Atlantic Air page for KBVY is here.


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