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When a bear climbs the fence, airport doesn’t have a choice

By Robin Lee Michel For The Airport News Airport and wildlife authorities have no idea what compelled a black bear to climb a fence on the perimeter of the Bradley airfield on July 10. Whatever the reason, the 200-pound male scaled an 8-foot chain-link fence and continued over three rows of razor wire, ending up near Runway 6/24, the airport’s longest airstrip. It did not end well for the animal.... [Read more]

CAA preparing legislative agenda

By The Airport News The Connecticut Airport Authority is preparing its 2015 legislative agenda to present to the next session of the General Assembly, and the CAA’s executive director gave the CAA board an overview at its September meeting. The director, Kevin Dillon, said the CAA’s priorities are in seven general areas: Enforcement authority for CAA inspectors. The airport now relies on the state... [Read more]

United flies to Houston Oct. 6

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 Monday, Oct. 6. This addition to Bradley’s route structure continues the CAA’s commitment to provide a robust menu of service offerings, airport officials said. “We’re pleased to add... [Read more]

TSA’s Bradley director leaving

By The Airport News David Bassett, the Transportation Security Administration’s top officer at Bradley International Airport for five years, was recently selected to serve as the TSA’s regional director for the Office of Global Strategies, based in Frankfurt, Germany. Bassett has been the TSA’s federal security director at Bradley since 2009, coming to Connecticut from TSA headquarters in Arlington,... [Read more]

Long re-elected CAA vice chairman

By The Airport News Michael T. Long, the longest serving member of the board of the Connecticut Airport Authority and its predecessors, has been re-elected vice chairman of the CAA board. The board’s chairwoman, Mary Ellen Jones, said the September meeting is considered the CAA board’s annual meeting, and it was time to elect officers. Jones praised Long’s service and said he had agreed to remain... [Read more]

Passenger numbers up for 11th month in a row

By The Airport News July’s passenger numbers were up 14 percent over last year at Bradley International Airport — results that the airport’s chief executive, Kevin Dillon, calls a “great success.” It was the 11th month in a row for increases at Bradley, Dillon told the Connecticut Airport Authority board at its September meeting. For the year to date (January through July), Bradley’s passenger... [Read more]

Local events calendar: September

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 6-7 Suffield on the Green and Craft Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Town Green, intersection of Routes 75 and 168, Suffield. Suffield’s largest event is run by the Friends of Suffield. Find out about services and organizations in town: scouting, churches, school groups, local businesses, clubs, town emergency services and much more. Enjoy food prepared... [Read more]

Bradley’s maintenance crews have a lot of ground to cover

By Robin Lee Michel, For The Airport News During winters past, intense storms have essentially closed parts of New England, including Connecticut and Massachusetts. However, maintenance department employees at Bradley International Airport didn’t always know that. It didn’t matter — at the airport, it’s business as usual regardless of conditions beyond its boundaries. When storms hit, generators... [Read more]

Bradley does well in Airport Service Quality survey

By The Airport News Bradley International Airport ranks better than average in the first two quarters of a customer satisfaction survey that aims to help participating airports improve their passenger experience. Bradley placed seventh among 17 airports in its “airport panel,” Executive Director Kevin Dillon told the Connecicut Airport Authority board of directors in August. The overall satisfaction... [Read more]

‘Wings of Freedom Tour’ coming to Connecticut on Sept. 5

OXFORD —The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine,” the Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft,” and a P-51 Mustang fighter will fly into Waterbury-Oxford Airport on Friday, Sept. 5, for a three-day visit during the Collings Foundation’s “Wings of Freedom Tour” of 110 cities. The foundation says this is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these treasures of... [Read more]

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