On the horizon: What to expect at BDL in 2024
The Connecticut Airport Authority is sharing some of what’s planned in the new year for Bradley International Airport (BDL). The coming months will feature enhancements, expansion and a significant improvement to the evolution of the passenger experience. Here’s some of the exciting developments you can expect to see at BDL in 2024.
Adding routes and more options for travelers
Our airline partners continue to invest in Connecticut and our region by adding nonstop flights and new routes to a number of destinations. Here’s what’s been announced so far through the late spring:
- March 7: Frontier Airlines will begin flying from BDL to Orlando
- May 1: Breeze Airways will begin flying from BDL to San Diego (BreezeThru)*
- May 2: Breeze Airways will begin flying nonstop from BDL to Myrtle Beach and Cincinnati
- May 24: Breeze Airways will begin flying nonstop to Greenville-Spartanburg, SC
- May 29: Breeze Airways will fly nonstop from BDL to Orlando. As well as BDL to Santa Ana, CA (BreezeThru)*
* BreezeThru service includes one stop, but passengers do not have to change planes
Building a better Bradley
We are always looking for ways to enhance the passenger experience. Two major constructions projects are noticeably underway in 2024 that will greatly improve the flow and functionality of BDL in the near future.
- Inline baggage screening building: 80,000 square foot facility being constructed directly behind the Sheraton Hotel that will house the airport’s explosive-detection machines. Once complete, baggage will be sent directly from the airline ticket counters along a mile-long conveyor belt to the new facility for screening. Additionally, the project will also create new gate space for our airline partners.
- Vertical circulation project: Two new corridors are being constructed on both sides of the main terminal, which will give deplaning passengers in both of BDL’s concourses a faster and more direct route to baggage claim in the lower level of the airport. The single exit lane that deplaning passengers currently use near the TSA security checkpoint will be closed off so the checkpoint can be expanded.
- Both projects have an anticipated completion of late 2025.
Upgrading the shopping and dining experience
In partnership with travel retailer and restaurateur, Paradies Lagardère, Bradley International Airport is opening a new (and the only) sit-down restaurant this spring located in our gates 20 to 30 concourse. Beercode Kitchen & Bar is a gastropub-style restaurant that will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. This comes after the opening of BDL’s first Starbucks last August. Paradies Lagardère is also in the process of rebranding and remodeling three existing retail stores, which include two CNBC locations and the New England TravelMart. Another New England TravelMart location was already rebranded as a Charter Oak Emporium this past fall.
Additionally, Cask and Barrel Bistro, which is operated by Michell Enterprises LLC, will undergo a rebranding. Cask and Barrel is the only sit-down restaurant prior to the TSA security checkpoint. The remodel is expected to be complete this spring.
All of the shopping and dining upgrades planned for this year will create a modern and welcome feeling inside the terminal and create a sense of place to better reflect our region.
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.