WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn — JetBlue will introduce four new non-stop flights out of Bradley International Airport in November and December this year to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Cancún, Mexico.
Service between BDL and Cancún, Mexico starts November 19.
Service between BDL and Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco start December 18.
Bradley Airport is one of the most profitable markets for JetBlue and the Connecticut Airport Authority is glad that the airline sees the airport’s potential.
Kevin Dillon, Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director said, "While we’re still down in traffic here at Bradley, this is a major step having us go in the right direction here, and we’re hoping that this will lead to greater recovery here at Bradley."
It’s a way to keep Bradley competitive and have the airport continue to be an economic driver in the state.
Dillon said, "When you can provide services to the West Coast, it really opens up a lot of the business connections that are so important to the Connecticut economy."
The move comes after Connecticut simplified its travel advisory. JetBlue says it was hard to sustain the service it had when so many travelers had questions.
Scott Laurence, JetBlue head of revenue and planning said, "We had really struggled with the quarantine, the tri-state quarantine, but particularly in Connecticut. We found that again, the guidance that was there was a bit confusing for customers, so the clarification certainly helped, but also the testing option that’s available to customers."
JetBlue currently has up to 12 flights a day from Bradley. The airline expects to have more flights out of Windsor Locks than any other carrier when the flights start.
“One of Connecticut’s best competitive assets is its international airport in such close proximity to so many of our communities and employers,” said Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont in a press release. “This strengthening of the partnership with JetBlue shows once again how important Bradley International Airport is to our present and our future. More routes, and a strong international airport are key to Connecticut’s success.”
Bradley is the second largest airport in New England.