Passenger numbers up for 11th month in a row

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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 numbers were up 10.9 percent.
Dillon said the continuing improvement at Bradley is a result of increases in the number of available airplane seats and to the recovering economy.
But Dillon added a warning in his Sept. 8 report to the CAA board: “Sooner or later, things are going to start to level off,” he said.
Other airports in the region didn’t do as well in July, Dillon reported. Passenger counts were down 3 percent at T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island; down 19.2 percent at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, New Hampshire; and up just 5.8 percent at Logan International Airport in Boston.
Bradley also excelled in the year-to-date numbers, compared with the other airports. (Table at right.)
Reporting on continuing efforts to add airline service, Dillon noted that Bradley was competing with T.F. Green for European flights by Condor Airlines, and Condor chose T.F. Green. Condor will offer seasonal service to Frankfurt, Germany, beginning in July. Dillon noted that Condor is part of the Thomas Cook Group, which has a connection to Newport, R.I.
Dillon also said he would be meeting with Azul Brazilian Airlines, whose CEO was visiting Hartford, and a number of other domestic and international carriers at the World Routes Conference in Chicago.

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