Connecticut Airports Better Connect You

14 Mar 2022


Press Release, News

PRESS RELEASE

Connecticut Airports Better Connect You

Bradley International and Tweed-New Haven Airports Experience Rapid Expansion as More than a Dozen New Destinations Added

New Haven, March 14, 2022 – Connecticut’s two major commuter airports, Bradley International Airport located outside of Hartford and Tweed-New Haven Airport, have experienced rapid growth during the past year, connecting the state to even more domestic and international locations.

Avelo Airlines recently announced it will begin flying to Baltimore, Chicago Midway, and Raleigh, North Carolina from Tweed-New Haven Airport in May. These new destinations are in addition to the airline’s previously announced routes to Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Nashville, Savannah and their six non-stops to Florida, bringing the carrier's Connecticut network to 13 routes, making it the airline with the most nonstop flights out of the state.

"It's abundantly clear that Tweed's unmatched convenience is making travel easier, smoother, and more affordable than ever before," Avelo CEO Andrew Levy said in a press release. "We believe these three new destinations will be a big hit with leisure and business travelers alike."

Last year, Tweed announced the boldest expansion in its history, with a $100 million vision that includes a new terminal and longer runway. More service from Tweed has been vital for drawing the venture capital and corporate headquarters to the New Haven region and southern Connecticut. With more convenience than the hard-to-access and crowded airports of New York City, Avelo’s and future airlines’ expansion at the airport will continue to provide better travel options for travelers, commuters, and businesses alike.

In north-central Connecticut, Breeze Airways announced that it had chosen Bradley International Airport as the location where the company will establish its fifth base of operations under a plan that includes the creation of more than 200 new jobs in Connecticut. The airline also announced that the city would be getting six new routes in June, including Nashville, Savannah, Richmond, Jacksonville, Sarasota, and Akron/Canton, Ohio, bringing the total number of routes to 10.

When Breeze first took flight on May 27, 2021, Bradley was one of three destinations the airline served from day one.

“Over the last few years, Bradley has gained a national reputation as one of the best operated and most convenient airports in the country, and airlines are taking note as they increase their service and add more routes from Connecticut’s largest airport,” Governor Lamont said. “Bradley is a key economic driver for our state, and the more airlines and destinations that we can add from the airport, the more attractive Connecticut becomes to companies that are seeking to grow their own operations.”

Last year, JetBlue also added 5 more domestic and international routes out of Bradley, becoming the largest carrier at the airport and further showcasing the importance that major carriers place on a more accessible Connecticut.

Easy direct flights in and out of the state through its major cities make it more accessible for travelers and businesses, who often need to make last-minute plans. “Great cities have great economies, and they have great airports,” CT Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman said. “Future airline and airport expansions will connect Connecticut businesses, residents, visitors, and our economy as a whole.”