April 10, 2013

CT's Bradley lands LA nonstop flights

Photo | CNN
Photo | CNN

American Airlines is adding a nonstop flight from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks to Los Angeles, the first West Coast nonstop from the Connecticut airfield.

American will start flying the Connecticut-California nonstop on Aug. 27, although customers can book the flight starting on Tuesday.

The flight will depart daily at 9:05 a.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 12:20 p.m. The daily return flight will leave at 12:05 a.m. and arrive at 8:15 a.m.

The West Coast nonstop is a major win for the new Connecticut Airport Authority, which has sought to enhance Bradley's route structure since forming in October 2011. In addition to securing transatlantic service, a major goal of the CAA was to implement nonstop West Coast service at the airport again.

"This is certainly a nice win for the airport," CAA Executive Director Kevin Dillon said. "That was one of the primary goals of the CAA to have non-stop West Coast service."

The Hartford announcement came as American announced eight other nonstops from Los Angeles, including Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; Eugene, Ore.; Redmond, Ore.; Pittsburgh; Indianapolis; Columbus, Ohio; and Northwest Arkansas.

American is owned by AMR Corp. of Fort Worth, Texas.

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