Bradley International Airport Welcomes the Holiday Season with a Busy Thanksgiving Travel Period

Passengers Are Advised to Plan Ahead and Allow Extra Time this Week  

Bradley International Airport will experience a very heavy travel period this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The busiest days will be Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Kevin A. Dillon, A.A.E., Executive Director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, advises that Bradley International Airport passengers should be aware and plan accordingly.

“We look forward to welcoming and assisting passengers to ensure that they have an enjoyable experience traveling through Bradley International Airport this week,” says Dillon. “Due to the higher volume of activity, we’re encouraging passengers to plan ahead and give themselves extra time for their journey through the airport.”

Passengers traveling domestically are advised to allow themselves at least 90 minutes for check-in with their respective airlines and the TSA screening. Those traveling internationally should give themselves three hours.

Additionally, to help navigate the journey quickly and smoothly, passengers are encouraged to follow these tips during this peak travel period:

  • Check and confirm the status of your flight with your airline prior to your departure for the airport.
  • Check in online with the airline and bring a printed boarding pass to the airport.
  • Visit to familiarize yourself with Bradley’s parking options and terminal facilities.
  • Speed up the screening process by reviewing the TSA screening guidelines ahead of time. For more information, visit
  • For up-to-date information about the status of your flight on the day of travel, please visit Twitter users can also receive free, automated updates via Twitter, by tweeting their fight number @BDLFlightInfo.

The Connecticut Airport Authority is also reminding passengers that the Route 20 roadway access to Bradley International Airport has recently changed and all inbound traffic is now entering the airport through the partially open modern roundabout.

Family and friends who are picking up passengers from Bradley International Airport during the Thanksgiving holiday week are encouraged to use the free Cell Phone Waiting Lot located on Light Lane while waiting for the passenger (s) to arrive and retrieve any luggage.

Passengers traveling on Tuesday afternoon will be treated to live music and giveaways on the departures level.

About Bradley International Airport

Bradley International Airport (BDL) welcomes more than 6 million travelers each year, making it the second largest airport in New England. At Bradley International Airport, we want our passengers to “Love the Journey.” We proudly offer nonstop access to more than 30 popular destinations. Recent efforts to elevate the travel experience through terminal enhancements and new amenities have helped Bradley International Airport earn the #3 spot in the prestigious ranking of best airports in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler in 2018. Bradley International Airport is operated by the Connecticut Airport Authority, and its operations are entirely self-funded. The airport contributes nearly $2.6 billion to the regional economy. For more info, visit

About The Connecticut Airport Authority

The Connecticut Airport Authority was established in July 2011 to develop, improve and operate Bradley International Airport and the state’s five general aviation airports (Danielson, Groton-New London, Hartford-Brainard, Waterbury-Oxford, and Windham airports). The board consists of 11 members with a broad spectrum of experience in aviation-related and other industries as well as government. The goal of the CAA is to make the CAA’s airports more attractive to new routes, new commerce, and new companies who may be considering making Connecticut their home.



Bradley International Airport (BDL) invites you to love the journey at New England's second-largest airport. Recognized nationally by leading travel publications for its ease of travel, Bradley International Airport is ready to welcome you with new nonstops, expanded services, and convenient travel. The award-winning airport is operated by the Connecticut Airport Authority, and its operations are entirely self-funded. The airport contributes nearly $3.6 billion to the regional economy.

*Some nonstop flights may operate only during certain time periods of the year (seasonally). For the latest flight information, please visit the airline's website.