December 12, 2018

Bradley Airport eyes new Jamaican, West Coast, other routes in 2019

HBJ File Photo
HBJ File Photo
Bradley International Aiport.
HBJ Photo | John Stearns
Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin Dillon.

Bradley International Airport could add flights in 2019 connecting the Windsor Locks airfield to new locations in the south, West and Midwest coasts and Caribbean in 2019.

The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA), the quasi-public agency that oversees Bradley, has been pursuing routes to Austin and Jacksonville, Fla., in the south; Milwaukee and Nashville in the Midwest; Seattle on the West Coast; and Jamaica, CAA Executive Director Kevin Dillon said Wednesday.

"By far and away the No. 1 city that we're pursuing … is Seattle," Dillon said, noting the vast array of one-stop connections at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, especially to Asia.

Jacksonville International Airport also ranks high on the priority list, Dillon said. It's the last major city in Florida to which Bradley lacks a route, and would be advantageous for military personnel with connecting flights to the military airport within the Jacksonville Naval Complex.

It's not realistic to expect that CAA will add all those routes in 2019, Dillon said, but he thinks Bradley could see one or two new routes over the year. The process of wooing carriers for the new routes takes time, he said.

"We're constantly out there meeting with carriers" Dillon said. "What you have to do is convince an airline that a route that you're proposing is better than a route they're currently operating."

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