Bradley International Airport Kicks Off Summer Travel with New Nonstop and Travel Tips

Building on its COVID-19 recovery strategy, the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) is pleased to kick off this year’s summer travel at Bradley International Airport with the announcement of a new nonstop flight, offering travelers an expanded route network to choose from.

Starting this August, Frontier Airlines will be launching new nonstop service to Las Vegas. The new service will operate daily and complements Frontier Airlines’ existing menu of nonstops from Bradley International Airport. “While a busy summer is in the forecast, we are ready and prepared to welcome travelers to Bradley International Airport,” said Kevin A. Dillon, A.A.E., Executive Director of the Connecticut Airport Authority. “We are also particularly thrilled to begin the season with a strengthened partnership with Frontier Airlines and news of their new nonstop service to Las Vegas.”

“Frontier is delighted to grow again in Hartford with the addition of nonstop service to Las Vegas,” said Will Evans, senior manager sales and distribution, Frontier Airlines. “We now offer an array of flight options from Hartford to a variety of outstanding destinations, including Puerto Rico and Cancun, Mexico, creating even more opportunities for area residents to take advantage of our Low Fares Done Right.”

In preparation for summer travel, the CAA has been and continues to work with airlines, the Transportation and Security Administration and other airport business partners to make the passenger journey easy, convenient, and enjoyable. In line with nationwide industry predictions, now through Labor Day the CAA anticipates passenger volumes to mirror and possibly exceed those of 2019. This means that Bradley International Airport could see more than 10,000 passengers take off daily.

The increase in passengers signals a positive outlook as the CAA works on rebuilding the airport’s passenger traffic to pre-pandemic levels and continues to grow access to new airlines, new nonstop destinations, and more flights. Over the summer months, travelers are advised to arrive early and follow guidance from federal agencies as well as the airport’s airline partners for a smooth travel experience. Those traveling are encouraged to plan and come to the airport prepared. 

Here are some tips and time-savers for those planning to take to the skies this summer:

  • Arrive Early

While Bradley International Airport is known for a quick and easy travel experience, this summer we recommend arriving at the ticket counter at least 90 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. Our team is working hard to get you quickly (and safely!) on your way, however, with more individuals traveling, it is important to give yourself sufficient time for check-in with your airline and TSA screening.

  • Check Your Flight Status

Passengers are encouraged to confirm their flight status with their airline before coming to the airport. Flight information can be checked on the airline’s website.

  • Know Your Parking Options

Save time looking for parking when you arrive and visit the airport’s website ahead of your arrival for the latest information on parking options. Follow directional signage at the airport to guide you to open parking. Parking closest to the terminal, especially in the garage, is popular and will be in high demand, but the airport has additional surface lot parking.

  • Help Speed up TSA Screening

Have your credentials ready and comply with TSA packing guidelines to expedite your screening process. The busiest times at the TSA security checkpoints at Bradley International Airport are in the morning, prior to 8 AM. 

  • Try Mobile Meal Ordering

The airport offers convenient online ordering for easy pick up on your journey. Simply visit the airport’s website or to place an order from participating restaurants.

While face masks are no longer required at the airport, the CDC recommends for masks to be worn during travel and some airlines may still require them. Individuals traveling internationally are encouraged to check COVID-19 entry requirements at their final destinations. The airport is continuing to offer voluntary COVID-19 testing inside baggage claim.

With more individuals traveling, airport roads will also be busier. Family and friends who are picking up passengers are encouraged to try the Cell Phone Waiting Lot on Light Lane where they can park for free while waiting for their arriving party.

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