Rick Diego joins The Airport News

Richard A. “Rick” Diego has been named publisher of The Airport News, the independent news publication serving the Bradley International Airport community. Diego’s appointment comes as The Airport News celebrates its 20th year and is increasing its publication frequency from quarterly to monthly. Diego came to The Airport News from the U.S. Postal Service marketing department. He was the periodicals... [Read more]

Bradley’s passenger traffic up 10 percent

By The Airport News Passenger traffic was up more than 10 percent at Bradley International Airport in the first half of 2014, thanks to an improving economy in Connecticut and additional airline service. Airport officials are optimistic about continuing progress. Bradley traffic was up 9 percent in May and 9.3 percent in June, the latest numbers available when Kevin Dillon, executive director of the... [Read more]

Arnold named executive chef for Sheraton hotel at Bradley

WINDSOR LOCKS — Shane Arnold has been appointed as the executive chef for the 237-room Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport. Arnold’s responsibilities include menu creation and management of all food departments throughout the Sheraton, including the hotel’s restaurant, Concorde’s. Waterford Hotel Group manages the Sheraton Hartford. Arnold joins the Sheraton team from his most recent... [Read more]

Bradley officials encouraged by increase in passenger traffic

By Robin Lee Michel, For The Airport NewsOfficials believe continued growth in passenger traffic indicates that Bradley International Airport is becoming an attractive travel option in the Northeast. (Photo by Robin Lee Michel) Eight consecutive months of increased passenger traffic at Bradley International Airport have officials optimistic that the facility is becoming an attractive travel option... [Read more]

American Warrior reaches goal of flying 1,000 WWII veterans to national memorial

By Robin Lee Michel, For The Airport NewsAmerican Warriors at Bradley. (Photo by Paul Bonneau) In the course of seven years, the dreams of 1,000 World War II veterans have been fulfilled thanks to American Warrior, a nonprofit organization based in Norwich. On April 26, 78 WWII veterans and 20 Korean War veterans made the day trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the National World War II Memorial and... [Read more]

A4A says summer air travel likely to reach 6-year high

WASHINGTON — Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, projects summer 2014 air travel to rise to its highest level in six years, with a record number of passengers traveling internationally on U.S. carriers. About 210 million passengers (2.28 million per day) are expected to fly U.S. airlines from June 1 to Aug. 31, up 1.5 percent from 2013. This... [Read more]

United to begin daily nonstop service to Houston in October

WINDSOR LOCKS — The Connecticut Airport Authority has announced the debut of new daily, nonstop United Airlines service between Bradley International Airport (BDL) and Houston-George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) beginning Oct. 15. This addition to Bradley’s route structure continues the CAA’s commitment to provide its customers with a robust menu of service offerings. “Anytime an airline... [Read more]

JetBlue launches new service to Reagan Washington National

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at Reagan Washington National. (Photo courtesy of JetBlue)Gov. Dannel P. Malloy flew roundtrip between Bradley International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on June 19 to celebrate the inaugural flights in JetBlue Airways expanded service at BDL and DCA. With the addition of flights to Washington, JetBlue offers Bradley fliers nine daily departures,... [Read more]

Freddie Awards go to Southwest, American, Marriott, Hyatt

Introduced in 1988 by InsideFlyer magazine’s Randy Petersen, the Freddie Awards are named in honor of Sir Freddie Laker and have become the most prestigious member-generated awards in the travel loyalty industry. The goal of the Freddie Awards is to give voice to the frequent flyer and to honor the efforts of an industry that counts more than 300 million members. Winners of the 2014 “Freddies”... [Read more]

Tweed New Haven names manager

NEW HAVEN — Tweed New Haven Regional Airport’s acting manager, Diane Jackson, has been named to be the airport’s manager on a permanent basis. Jackson, a Tweed employee for 13 years and assistant manager for five, has served in the acting manager position for the past six months since the departure of former manager Lori Hoffman-Soares.  Read More →

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