WINDSOR LOCKS, CONNECTICUT – November 27, 2012 – The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) and Governor Dannel P. Malloy applaud JetBlue Airways on the addition of approximately 38 new jobs at Bradley International Airport in Hartford as of December 1st. JetBlue has advised the CAA that it is hiring new employees to perform various aircraft operational, maintenance, and baggage handling functions at Bradley.
“The addition of these jobs is good news for residents,” said Governor Malloy. “JetBlue’s decision to add jobs is a clear sign that Bradley Airport is a growing factor in the company’s economic strategy and another example of how the creation of the Connecticut Airport Authority is beginning to pay dividends.”
CAA Chair Mary Ellen Jones notes, “The Connecticut Airport Authority is delighted that our partners at JetBlue Airways have made this positive business decision to grow capability and jobs at Bradley Airport. We look forward to working with all of our airline partners to continue to enhance route and other economic development opportunities at Bradley and the five general aviation airports that comprise the CAA system.”
JetBlue CEO Dave Barger comments, “Bradley Airport is very important to our route network and provides another option for travelers in the tri-state area. As we continue to expand in the Northeast, hiring new crewmembers is important to our business and our award winning customer service model. We are excited to provide opportunities to people in the Hartford area to contribute to our operation and further stimulate the local economy.”
JetBlue is known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares. JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) as well as super-spacious Even More Space seats. JetBlue is also America's first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue's control. JetBlue serves 74 cities with 750 daily flights and plans to launch service to Providence, Rhode Island on Nov. 29, 2012 and Charleston, South Carolina in early 2013. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required.
Bradley International Airport is the second largest airport in New England and serves an extensive geographic area, with a customer base that covers the entire Northeast, including Western Massachusetts, 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.
The CAA was established in 2011 to develop, improve, and operate Bradley and the state’s five general aviation airports (Danielson, Groton-New London, Hartford-Brainard, Waterbury-Oxford, and Windham). The CAA Board consists of 11 members with a broad spectrum of experience in aviation-related and other industries as well as government. The goal of the CAA is to make Connecticut’s airports, specifically BDL, more attractive to new airlines and bring in new routes, which supports Connecticut’s overall economic development and growth strategy.