If you’re flying out of Bradley International Airport (BDL), you’re probably flying to Atlanta. According to data from the United States Department of Transportation, the top five destinations from Bradley are Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Orlando, and Chicago. If a recent trip to the airport has left you with the impression that the terminal in Windsor Locks has been more crowded than it used to be, you’re right. More people are flying in and out of BDL in recent months, as compared with the same period a year ago.
The other destinations reaching the top ten from Bradley are Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. In eight of the top ten destinations, with the exception of Detroit and Philadelphia, the number of passengers grew during the past year (October 2013 through September 2014) as compared with the previous 12-month period.
Recent additions to their schedules by carriers operating at Bradley may be influencing the numbers. United started daily nonstop service to Houston in October. JetBlue added flights to Tampa and Fort Myers and expanded service to Washington, DC earlier in the year and Southwest has added flights to Atlanta, heightening competition with Delta.
The total number of “enplanements” has increased at Bradley in month-over-month comparisons for the first five months of the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2014, according to data provided on the Bradley airport website. The number of passengers arriving on flights at Bradley were up 11.59 percent in July from the same month the previous year, and up 12.62 percent in August, 9 percent in September, 4.7 percent in October, 3 percent in November. Data for December has not yet been published.
Between July 2013 and June 2014, the most popular months for travel from Bradley were the months of April (258,756), May (257,627) and December (255,144). If recent trends continue, this spring may bring record-setting months to the airport.
During the first six months of 2014, about 2.9 million passengers used Bradley. That was a 10.6 percent increase from the 2.6 million passengers who used the airport in the first half of 2013, according to published reports.
Southwest carries the largest percentage of passengers at Bradley, 26.4 percent. Delta is next with 16 percent, followed by JetBlue at 12.1 percent, US Airways with 9 percent and American with 7.7 percent. An assortment of smaller carriers carry 28 percent of the passengers, arriving and departing, at Bradley.
The on-time performance of the airlines at Bradley remained virtually identical between November 2013 and October 2014, at 81 percent, compared with 82 percent a year ago. Among flights that have been delayed, the average duration of the delays has declined, from just over to just under an hour.
Bradley International Airport is the second largest airport in New England. According to the most recent economic impact analysis, Bradley contributes $4 billion in economic activity to the state of Connecticut and the surrounding region, representing $1.2 billion in wages and 18,000 full-time jobs.