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International terminal at Logan to get upgrade

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BOSTON (AP) — The international terminal at Boston's Logan Airport will undergo a $100 million renovation beginning this summer, Gov. Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts Port Authority announced Tuesday.

The two-year project calls for installation of self-service kiosks at terminal E to speed up processing of passports for international travelers and a new connection between terminals C and E for passengers who have already gone through security checkpoints. Upgrades are also planned for concession areas and hold rooms.

International service at Logan has increased 20 percent in the past decade, Massport officials said, making it the fastest-growing business at Logan. In 2013, 5.7 million international travelers used the airport, composing about 1 in 5 of all passengers.

Patrick unveiled the plan at a meeting of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

"Lasting growth in the 21st century global economy will come from our competitiveness in global markets," the governor said in a statement. "These new renovations to better serve our international passengers build on our growth strategy to open up Massachusetts to new markets and will ensure that we remain competitive for many years to come."

The project will be funded through Massport's capital improvement plan, the agency said.

Logan offers nonstop service to 36 international markets, with recent additions including Dublin, Madrid, Toronto, the Dominican Republic, Tokyo, Panama City, Istanbul, Dubai and Beijing.

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