Bradley International Airport 2010 Passenger Traffic Rebounds To Post Positive Numbers
WINDSOR LOCKS, CONNECTICUT – February 10, 2011 – Bradley International Airport (BDL) year-end 2010 passenger traffic statistics have been tallied and New England’s second largest airport has rebounded from a sluggish 2010 start to show an increase over 2009; a total of 5.4 million enplaned and deplaned passengers utilized BDL in 2010 versus 5.3 million in ‘09. Additionally, for the first time in five years, BDL has recorded positive enplaned passenger numbers posting a 2% uptick during the 2010 calendar year. In fact, the last seven months of 2010 all finished with positive year-over-year enplanement statistics compared to 2009; this strong recovery was highlighted by November and December when passenger numbers increased by 13% and 12%, respectively.
One of the key factors driving this upswing has been the addition of a number of different travel options for Bradley customers, highlighted by the debut of jetBlue Airlines non-stop to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando in November as well as Frontier Airlines non-stop to Milwaukee in September. Other new non-stop BDL destinations, including the airline and start date:
- LaGuardia – U.S. Airways – October 31
- Washington Reagan – Delta – October 31
- Raleigh-Durham – Delta – November 1
- Fort Lauderdale – Southwest – November 7
Transportation Commissioner Jeffrey A. Parker said: “This remarkable 2010 turnaround, which actually occurred during the last seven months of the year, is an affirmation of the State of Connecticut’s recently completed $200 million airport terminal improvement project. This investment in Connecticut’s future economic growth will continue to pay dividends for years to come.”
Airport Administrator Eric N. Waldron, A.A.E., ACE noted: “The entire BDL community takes great pride in achieving this revitalization of the Airport’s passenger statistics. We believe that the best is yet to come as the Bradley Marketing and Route Development Team continues to aggressively seek additional non-stop destinations for our passengers from one of New England’s most convenient gateways.”
Bradley International Airport is the second largest in New England and serves an extensive geographic area, as our customer base covers the entire Northeast including New York and New Jersey. According to the most recent economic impact analysis, Bradley contributes $4 billion in economic activity to the state of Connecticut and the surrounding region, representing $1.2 billion in wages and 18,000 full-time jobs.