Connecticut airports receive $12.5 million in federal grants, with two projects planned in Bradley

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Eleven airports across the state have received nearly $12.5 million in federal infrastructure funding, which should help them increase flights and invest in infrastructure improvements.

Connecticut leaders announced funding from the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday. This is the first in a series of grants airports will receive over the next five years under the federal infrastructure program passed in November.

Bradley International Airport will receive the biggest chunk, with over $9 million.

Gov. Ned Lamont said it would “energize” Connecticut’s comeback.

“The announced allocations [Friday] by the Federal Aviation Administration at Bradley and our general aviation airports will accelerate much-needed safety, capacity and aerodrome improvements,” he said in a statement. “The new federal funding will complement public and private investments and make Connecticut even more competitive.”

Over the next five years, $45 million will go to Bradley, said U.S. Representative John Larson, D-Conn.

“Bradley has been recognized as one of the best airports in the country and this funding will continue to help the airport and the region thrive,” he said in a statement.

The money will partly fund two projects at Bradley.

The first will streamline the baggage detection system, which requires passengers to carry their own checked bags and limits the space available at the ticket counter, officials said. This project will also add an additional gate and concession space. The airport’s federal inspection services could also potentially be moved to create a seamless terminal for all travelers.

The second project will “reinvent” passenger flow, replacing the centrally located exit lane with vertical circulation hubs at either end of the terminal, officials said. This will reduce terminal congestion by providing space to expand the footprint of the main TSA security checkpoint and route passengers more directly from their lobby to baggage claim.

“These funds will be put to good use at Bradley Airport to build the airlines’ capacity for growth so that we can continue to offer service to new destinations non-stop across the country and the world,” said Kevin. A. Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, in a statement. “These funds will also enable significant security and aerodrome investments at airports across the state. We are committed to providing the safest and most convenient airport experience possible, and [Friday’s] This announcement will ensure that we are able to achieve this goal now and in the future.

At Connecticut Airport Authority general aviation airports, the money will generally be used to improve airfield infrastructure and undertake other necessary safety projects.

Other airports

In this round, Tweed New Haven Airport will receive over $1 million.

“Improving our transportation infrastructure is critical to growing Connecticut’s economy, and thanks to the hard work of our federal delegation, we will now be able to undertake additional and incredibly important projects that will help create jobs, enhance safety, protect our environment and improve the overall passenger experience here at Tweed Airport,” Sean Scanlon, chief executive, said in a statement.

The Igor I Sikorsky Memorial in Bridgeport will receive $763,000. Airport manager Michelle Muoio said the grant will be used to “assess and continue coastal flood resilience efforts as well as opportunities to expand safety measures and optimize airport services for users. new and existing”.

Danbury, Groton-New London and Waterbury-Oxford airports will each receive $295,000. Another $159,000 each will go to Danielson, Hartford-Brainard, Meriden Markham Municipal, Robertson Field and Windham airports.

Danbury Municipal Airport plans to use the funds to rehabilitate a “vital” taxiway, said Danbury Municipal Airport Administrator Michael Safranek.

“The bipartisan infrastructure package is already proving to be a game changer for Connecticut,” U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said in a statement. “This first round of funding for our state’s airports will help increase flights to destinations around the world while improving safety and security and enhancing the overall customer experience. Connecticut residents and businesses will continue to see their lives dramatically improved by these historic investments in our state’s infrastructure.

US Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., noted that travelers face long lines, canceled flights and crowded airports.

“This federal funding will help Connecticut airports increase capacity, making travel much more convenient,” he said in a statement.

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