Hartford Bradley Airport Information

Bradley International Airport (IATA: BDL, ICAO: KBDL) bills itself as the "Gateway to New England." Located in north-central Connecticut midway between Hartford and Springfield, Massachusetts, Bradley Airport is a convenient alternative to more crowded big-city airports.

Bradley Airport began as a military airfield during World War II. It was named after a Lt. Eugene Bradley, who died during an air combat training drill soon after the airfield opened. In 1947, Bradley Field was turned over to civilian use, although the Connecticut Air National Guard still conducts operations there.

Bradley Airport is serviced by a variety of airlines, including JetBlue, Air Canada, United, Delta, US Airways, and Southwest. Most of Bradley's flights are to northeastern and midwestern cities, including Toronto, Montreal, Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, and Philadelphia, but some of its carriers offer nonstop flights to popular vacation destinations, including Las Vegas, Cancun, San Juan, and various locations in Florida.

There were originally two terminals at Bradley, A and B, but Terminal B was closed in 2010 and is now used only for office space and storage. An International Arrivals Building provides customs and passport control services for flights from overseas. Plans have been drawn up to reconstruct Terminal B to attract more international traffic, with a tentative completion date of 2028.

Terminal A has two passenger concourses and a variety of amenities, including bars and restaurants, free wifi, ATMs, and a US Airways Executive Club for members. Bradley does not have a foreign exchange office.

Bradley Airport is located just off Interstate 91, a major traffic artery for New England which runs from New Haven, Connecticut, up to the Canadian border. It is also convenient to Amtrak's Windsor Locks train station, which is part of a rail line running through the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Public buses run between Hartford and Bradley Airport, including the express "Bradley Flyer," and shuttle buses and taxis offer door-to-door service throughout the region. Most major car rental agencies have offices at Bradley, and short- and long-term parking is easy to access, including a 3,500-space parking garage located directly across from Terminal A.