WINDSOR LOCKS, CONNECTICUT – April 26, 2011 – Acting State Transportation Commissioner James P. Redeker announced today that Bradley International Airport (BDL) has received the 2010 - 2011 Balchen/Post Award, which is an international honor presented to the “Snow Crews” of the airports in the Snow Belt. BDL was competing against 60 other airports throughout the world that were nominated for various Awards at the 45th Annual International Aviation Snow Symposium held on April 20th in Buffalo, NY. The Balchen/Post Award recognized the Bradley Team, basically comprised of Airport Operations and Maintenance staff, for their dedicated efforts in maintaining the Airport in safe and operational status during the past winter season. Bradley had previously won the international award 28 years ago after the winter of 1982 – 1983.
Acting Commissioner Redeker notes, “This international recognition by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) is a testament to the proud and dedicated employees who toil behind the scenes to make sure that Connecticut’s transportation system, in this case Bradley International Airport, continues to serve the citizens of our great state in a safe, timely, and efficient manner.” BDL Administrator Eric N. Waldron, A.A.E., ACE comments, “Considering that the difficult 2010-11 winter season was second in all-time snow totals here at Bradley International Airport, I am very pleased that my staff has been recognized by our peers in the aviation industry. As Bradley is a key economic force in Connecticut and the surrounding region, the Airport staff continues to do an extraordinary job on a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year basis.”
The International Aviation Snow Symposium was first held in April 1967 in Allentown, PA under the General Chairmanship of Wilfred M. Post Jr., Manager of Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton Airport and founding Honorary Chairman Col. Bernt Balchen USAF Ret. The purpose of the symposium, then and now, is to provide a forum for dialogue on the numerous aspects of winter operations at airports worldwide. Other 2010-2011 award-winning airports from the Northeastern United States included LaGuardia Airport, Logan International, Niagara International, and Bangor International.
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.