The Bradley International Airport of the not-so-distant future will feature nonstop service to international hubs like Frankfurt and London, and fly passengers to new domestic destinations from Seattle to New Orleans.
That’s the goal, at least, as Bradley aims to shore up its core market, which includes Connecticut, Western Massachusetts, and southern portions of New Hampshire and Vermont.
“That’s a very, very healthy market when you’re talking about international travel,” said Kevin Dillon, the executive director for the Connecticut Airport Authority. “The goal is to convince airlines to put flights in to serve that market that we know is flying every year, and lives closer to Hartford than they do to New York or Boston.”
The potential service additions are outlined in a working paper for the airport’s new master plan, which is expected to be completed later this year. The Federal Aviation Administration requires the plans, subject to the agency’s approval, from airports that wish to receive federal assistance.
Dillon said the report serves more as a set of realistic objectives than a collection of actual expectations. The authority is trying to capture customers from Bradley’s core area who are “leaking” to other airports in the region, according to the working paper.
“These are areas where we think the level of activity out of this region could justify service to these different locations,” said Dillon.
Service to Frankfurt, for instance, was included because 250 passengers per day in Bradley’s core area flew to and from Germany, Austria and Switzerland between April 2015 and March 2016.
If Bradley were to…
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