Bradley Airport gets federal funding for new 80,000-sq.-ft. baggage inspection facility

Bradley International Airport has received $5.4 million in federal funding for the ongoing construction of an 80,000-square-foot checked baggage inspection system behind the Sheraton Hotel. The project will enable baggage to be sent from airline ticket counters on a mile-long conveyor belt to the new facility for screening. The project will free up space for current and future airlines and create additional gate space for aircraft, according to an announcement from the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA). The funding comes from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has set aside $970 million in grants for its Airport Terminal Program, which is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The FAA is providing funding to 104 airports across the country, focusing on terminal reconstruction, development, accessibility and energy efficiency. In addition to the $5.4 million, Bradley received $76 million from the FAA in 2023 for the new checked baggage inspection facility. The total cost of the project is estimated at $151 million. The balance will be paid for by passenger facility charges and airport revenue.

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