Bradley International Airport aims to become a Northeast cargo hub

With air travel gradually ramping up again following the COVID-19 pandemic, Bradley International Airport is turning its sights on another goal: establishing the Windsor Locks-based airfield as a Northeast cargo hub. According to data from the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) — the quasi-public state agency established in 2011 to manage and operate Bradley International Airport and the state’s five other general aviation airports — Bradley’s cargo-related revenues spiked from $6.8 million in fiscal year 2020 to almost $9.4 million in 2021. “We think Bradley is geographically located to serve all of the Northeast as a major distribution point for air cargo coming and going from the region,” said CAA Executive Director Kevin Dillon. “It’s not only an opportunity, but we feel we have a responsibility to try and exploit cargo opportunities at Bradley.” MetroHartford Alliance President and CEO David Griggs said he’s supportive of Bradley ramping up cargo efforts over the next several years. It’s all about increasing Connecticut’s ability to compete with other states and regions, he said.

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