Expansion at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease

Years of continued growth have led to a significant expansion of the main terminal at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease. See what the finished project will look like and learn how it will improve the passenger experience.

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When the U.S. Department of Defense ordered the closing of the Pease Air Force Base, New Hampshire leadership was responsible for establishing a redevelopment plan for the 4,255-acre plot of land. What came from that effort was a successful transformation from a shuttered air force base to a booming economic hub.

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Pease, the then 4,255-acre home of Strategic Air Command’s 509th Bomb Wing, was closed as an air force base after 35 years in operation. The NH legislature enacted a law establishing the Pease Redevelopment Commission (PRC) to plan for the closure and redevelopment of the base.

Total withdrawal of the 509th Bomb Wing aircraft was completed. The PRC discusses options for use of Pease, including a music festival space, shopping mall or minor league baseball stadium. The PRC eventually approves the first phase of a three-phase planning process envisioning an international aviation hub and high-technology industrial development. The NH legislature drafts a law creating the Pease Development Authority (PDA), granting the PDA the power to implement the base redevelopment plan with the 3,000 acres it took on.

Pease opened for civilian use through an Airfield Joint Use Agreement (AJUA) with the United States Air Force, with a field-base operator offering services to general aviation. Zoning was adopted to provide for four different types of development: a 797-acre airport zone, a 448-acre airport industrial zone, a 333-acre industrial zone, and a 466-acre business/commercial zone. 781 acres were also set aside for natural resource protection and wetlands mitigation.

The name Pease International Tradeport becomes official, following several months of marketing through brochures and a multilingual video for both domestic and international distribution.

Businesses began coming to Pease, including Lonza Biologics, Red Hook Brewery and Two International Group

The remaining acres of the Pease property are transferred to the PDA.

Since the original transfer of property in 1992, the PDA has been able to bring more than 10,500 new jobs to Pease, develop more than 3,000 Acres of land, and attract occupants for 4.85 million square feet of existing building space.


Ensuring Pease continues to benefit future generations is a critical component of the work of the Pease Development Authority. The Engineering Department’s role in this mission is to implement environmental protection programs, administer land use controls, conduct property repair and maintenance, and monitor construction activities.

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We provide the necessary planning, design and construction of infrastructure to maintain the attractiveness of Pease to potential tenants. The Facilities and Engineering Department has secured more than $85 million in Federal grants for upgrades at Pease, and works to obtain local and state approvals for construction, air emissions and other processes.


Utilizing Federal funding, the Engineering and Facilities Department has initiated several projects focused on improving surface water and air quality at and around Pease. We also have ongoing programs that are not federally funded, included monitoring stormwater discharges from Pease under the EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.

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The Engineering & Maintenance Departments develop and bid out several contracts to provide services in conjunction with property repair and maintenance. Most of these contracts are multi-year, but require a considerable effort in terms of monitoring and coordinating the services.


During the construction process, the Engineering Department coordinates the activities of clients, utilities and municipal personnel involved in the project. The department also monitors the effectiveness of erosion control and other measures to protect the valuable natural resources throughout Pease and guards against excessive land clearing and ensures a high degree of quality landscaping.

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Engineering, Land Use, & Development

Being good stewards of the land on Pease encompasses environmental protections, oversight of development and construction, an awareness of land use initiatives and needs, and ensuring any infrastructure development occurs in line with regulations and guidelines.

Learn more about how we care for the land and oversee development on Pease, and access applications, guidelines, regulations, and permits.

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1 day ago

Congratulations to the Pease Greeters for welcoming their 2000th troop flight yesterday here at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease! The Pease Greeters have been greeting troops that stop through Portsmouth since 2005 and were eager to reach this milestone after a long year off due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Hats off to the Pease Greeters for cheering on 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ troop flights and counting! 🇺🇸 👏

#peasegreeters #usmilitary #portsmouthnh #milestone
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It was a wonder afternoon for a very special milestone Troop flight! The Troops and flight crews were excited and honored to be part our 2000th flight celebration. Some of the flight crews had also been on the 1000th Troop flight back on June 19, 2016. Thank you to all the Pease Greeters for always being there any time of day or night to greet our military… and especially for coming out yesterday to celebrate.🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸

Was a great Day 🇺🇸❤️

Last Thursday, September 16th, the Pease International Tradeport dedicated the multi-use pathway and new pocket park to longtime board member and environmental advocate Peter J. Loughlin. Peter worked for the Pease Development Authority for 30 years and was not only instrumental in the creation of the path, but also to providing wetlands protection, additional trees, and green space throughout the Tradeport.

The new park is located at the midway point of the 1.5 mile multi-use pathway that runs along Route 33 through the Tradeport. It is a great stopping point in the area where people often gather to watch airfield activity and includes new granite benches, a bike rack, a perennial flower bed, and an emergency call station for enhanced security. We hope you all enjoy it! 🌲🌳🌱🚴🏃‍♀️

#park #recreation #environment #portsmouthnh
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The park looks great. Thank you for your years-long dedication, Mr Loughlin!

Well-deserved recognition of Peter's dedication and hard work with the PDA and the creation and development of this beautiful path. 👏👏

Thank you, Peter. Well-deserved.

Couldn't have been named after a more dedicated person!

Portsmouth Royalty!

Well deserved!

Congrats to Peter.


Thank you Peter!

Amazing. Great recognition for a great guy.

Wayne Semprini see my pm to you!

Thank you Peter

I'll have to find that path for a bike ride. Enjoyed riding my bike in for the airshow but kind of a boring ride on the sts inside Pease.

He’s the best. Well deserved. Congratulations!

A truly nice man!

Well deserved honor, Sir! Congratulations Peter!

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1 week ago

Some more of our favorites from this past weekend!

#thunderovernewhampshire #NHANG #portsmouthnh
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Wow those are awesome!

Connie Wilkinson Pruitt you could have been part of it you know!

Angela Kneeland yes I know

Thank you Connie!

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