The legislation creating the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) was signed into law last summer with the goal of transforming Bradley International and the state’s five general aviation airports into vibrant economic drivers for the state. The law was just the first step of many to unlocking the full potential of the state’s airports.

Since October 2011, when the CAA Board had its inaugural meeting, Board members have been diligently working to build a structure to ensure it can contribute to Connecticut’s overall economical development and growth strategy.

“As a quasi-public agency, the CAA Board has the independence and flexibility to be responsive to the airport’s stakeholders as well as economic opportunities for the airports. Our goal is to make Connecticut’s airports, especially Bradley International Airport, more attractive to passengers, cargo operators, airlines and others so that we can  bring in more flights, more routes and more businesses,” said CAA Chairwoman Mary Ellen Jones.  “We’ve been actively engaged with airlines, airport concession operators and business and community groups to achieve this objective.”

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Bradley International Airport (BDL) has joined Twitter and is encouraging travelers to sign up for automatic, informative tweets on weather delays, travel tips and events at New England’s second-largest airport. Anyone can follow BDL tweets by going to www.twitter.com/Bradley_Airport or clicking on the familiar Twitter bird icon now featured on the airport’s home page, www.bradleyairport.com.

“When people are traveling, up-to-date information is critical. Bradley customers can now ensure that they’re getting the latest through our tweets,” said Mary Ellen Jones, Chairwoman of the Connecticut Airport Authority, which oversees Bradley along with the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT). “Travelers should also check with their air carriers regarding specific flights, but the addition of Twitter will help round out Bradley’s overall customer communication and service efforts.”

Often, weather or other conditions in a distant city can have a direct impact on flights arriving from or departing for that city. So, a typical tweet might be, “Denver Airport is experiencing some delays due to weather in the Denver area. Contact your airline for the latest information.”

“Receiving Bradley tweets could not be easier – just sign up and stay up to the minute,” said DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker. “Whether you’re heading out or trying to get home, you can never have too much information about your flight. Please go to the Bradley website and sign up today!”

Please note that BDL will be sending tweets only, not responding to tweets from individuals.

Bradley International Airport, located in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, is the second largest in New England and serves an extensive geographic area, as its customer base 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.

With a solution designed to improve travel safety and the passenger experience,  NCR Corporation announced its authentication technology was selected by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for use in a pilot that aims to automatically verify passenger identification documents and boarding passes.

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A restored B-29 Superfortress at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks.

Connecticut led much of the aerospace industry’s rapid development throughout the second half of the 20th century, so it’s fitting that New England’s largest aerospace museum is located here in the state.

The New England Air Museum, spanning three large hangars of exhibits adjacent to the Bradley International Airport, is home to over 80 restored military and civilian aircraft. Many of the exhibited planes and components were designed or manufactured in the state.

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