State Senator L. Scott Frantz Welcomes Creation of the CT Airport Authority

August 10, 2011
Photo: Sen. Frantz (second from left) joins Gov. Malloy, legislative leaders and officials at  Bradley Airport for the ceremonial bill signing of an act establishing the Connecticut Airport Authority.

Photo: Sen. Frantz (second from left) joins Gov. Malloy, legislative leaders and officials at
Bradley Airport for the ceremonial bill signing of an act establishing the Connecticut Airport Authority.

HARTFORD – State Senator L. Scott Frantz (R-Greenwich) joined Governor Dannel Malloy and other legislative leaders at Bradley International Airport on Thursday for the ceremonial bill signing of Public Act 11-84, which creates a nine-member Connecticut Airport Authority comprised of public and private-sector representatives responsible for operating and improving Bradley International Airport, as well as the state’s five other general aviation airports (Danielson, Groton/New London, Hartford-Brainard, Waterbury-Oxford, and Windham). The Authority replaces the Bradley Board of Directors and assumes many duties previously performed by the Department of Transportation.

Senator Frantz, a ranking member on the General Assembly’s Commerce Committee and former chairman of the Bradley Board of Directors, said, “This is one of the more exciting business and transportation bills to pass the legislature this session. Its implementation will help streamline operations at Bradley and other Connecticut airports. It will lead to improved marketing and economic development efforts and, ultimately, improved and expanded service. This bill will help Bradley Airport reach its full potential as an economic driver in our state and enhance our competitive edge in a growing global marketplace.”

Some of the initial challenges facing the Connecticut Airport Authority include the replacement of Bradley’s Murphy Terminal and the execution of other capital improvements identified by the Bradley Master Plan.

In June, Bradley celebrated JetBlue’s addition of a non-stop flight between Bradley and San Juan Puerto Rico. Building off that success, the Authority will work to establish additional direct domestic routes with competitive fares.