Thanksgiving Travel Advisory Update

November 21, 2014 – Bradley International Airport (BDL) will experience a very heavy travel period during the next week due to the Thanksgiving season. Kevin A. Dillon, A.A.E., Executive Director of the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA), advised today that Bradley passengers should be aware and plan accordingly.

“In order to ensure that our customers have an enjoyable travel experience through the Airport, please plan to arrive early – at least 90 minutes – in advance of your scheduled flight time. We have ample available on-airport parking, including our convenient garage which is located just steps away from the terminal building,” advised Dillon.

Over the past year, the CAA has complemented its concession offerings in the terminal with the introduction of eSavvy electronics, Gineva Murano Glass Jewelry, and Shades sunglasses. The CAA has also continued upgrading internet access in the terminal to help reduce system congestion and improve the overall WiFi experience. These and other customer service improvements are a part of the CAA’s ongoing mission to enhance the customer experience at Bradley International Airport.

Three suggestions for our customers during this peak travel time:

1.)  Get to Bradley at least 90 minutes in advance to allow for plenty of time to check in with your airline and to pass through the security checkpoint.

2.)  Pack as much as possible in your checked luggage to reduce screening times at the security checkpoint.

3.)  Check the Transportation Security Administration website in order to learn the latest information regarding the TSA screening process. 

Passengers are also encouraged to check the TSA 2014 Holiday Travel Tips website for specific holiday travel tips.



The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Bradley International Airport has completed a study to discover wait-time trends at the Airport. The following are estimated timeframes it will take extra time to process through the security checkpoint and passengers should try to arrive earlier. The airlines suggest arriving 90 minutes prior to departure time.


Terminal A - Peak Periods

5:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Air Canada
American Airlines
American Eagle
Southwest Airlines
United Airlines
US Airways
US Airways Express