Bradley International Airport Gearing Up for Busy Travel Period

We are getting ready for a busy period of travel at Bradley International Airport (BDL) as passengers take to the skies for April vacations. Between April 3 to 14, it’s estimated that more than 125,000 people will depart from BDL – with the busiest travel times between 4am to 7am.

“Our list of nonstop flights has grown to more than forty destinations thanks to the eleven airlines that fly out of Bradley International Airport,” said Kevin A. Dillon, A.A.E., Executive Director of the CAA. “With so many travel options, it is no surprise that we’re expecting a large volume of individuals to fly for their spring vacations.”

If you are traveling in the coming days, especially with children, here are some travel tips to make your journey through BDL smooth and convenient:

Leave yourself plenty of time

During this busy travel period plan to arrive inside the airport’s terminal for check-in with your airline and to go through the TSA security checkpoint at least 90 minutes before your flight.

Don’t forget about parking

Passengers can check parking availability before arriving at the airport by visiting the airport’s website. Digital message boards will also be available on-site and will direct you to open lots upon arrival at the airport. Click HERE for additional details about BDL’s parking options.
Avoid potential lines, order your food ahead of time BDL Market allows you to pre-order and pick up your meal from a growing list of airport restaurants so you don’t have to wait in line. BDL Market does not require downloading an app. To browse menus, order, and pay, simply visit

Pack your liquids appropriately

The TSA does have restrictions on the amount of liquids you can bring through the security checkpoint in your carry-on. There are exceptions, such as medically-necessary liquids, and baby/toddler drinks and food. For additional details about TSA screening, click HERE. If you do need to refill water bottles after going through the TSA security checkpoint, there is a water filling station in both of BDL’s concourses. One is near gate 4 and the other near gate 23.

Need assistance while at the airport? Look for our Travelers Aid International volunteers who can help assist you. Also, now available, you can connect with our team via text with an airport-related question. Scan the QR code on the digital screens in the airport located past the TSA security checkpoint. Assistance is available seven days a week from 8am to 8pm.

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.