Last year was a good one for as it saw the number of passengers that go through its terminals increase for the first time in five years.
The airport rebounded from a sluggish start to 2010 to experience 5.4 million "enplaned" and "deplaned" passengers compared to the 5.3 million that went through the airport in 2009, officials said in a statement Thursday.
Overall, enplanements, passengers flying out of Bradley, increased by 2 percent during 2010. In particular, the last seven months of 2010 saw consistent increases in enplanements compared to 2009, highlighted by a 12 percent increase in November and 13 percent rise in December, officials said.
Airport officials credit the growth, in part, to the increase travel options for passenger such as jetBlue debuting in November and Frontier in September.
“This remarkable 2010 turnaround, which actually occurred during the last seven months of the year, is an affirmation of the State of Connecticut’s recently completed $200 million airport terminal improvement project,” Transportation Commissioner Jeffrey A. Parker said in a press release. “This investment in Connecticut’s future economic growth will continue to pay dividends for years to come.”
Airport Administrator Eric N. Waldron said Bradley officials believe “the best is yet to come as the Bradley Marketing and Route Development Team continues to aggressively seek additional non-stop destinations for our passengers from one of New England’s most convenient gateways.”
Bradley International Airport is the second largest in New England and contributes $4 billion in economic activity to the state of Connecticut and the surrounding region, officials said.