With six years of year-over-year passenger growth, Bradley International Airport is serving more travelers than ever and, with all those extra travelers, comes a need for more infrastructure. As such, the airport is modernizing its facilities and adding more flights and services.
While this means good things for you as a traveler, once the enhancements are complete, it can also mean some disturbances while the airport undergoes construction. Here’s what you can expect if you visit Bradley International Airport in the near future.
New Additions to Bradley International Airport
On July 18, 2019, the airport broke ground on a new ground transportation center during an official ceremony.
According to statements from the Connecticut Airport Authority, once the center is complete, “passengers will save time as their rental cars will be located closer to the terminal and the airport footprint will become more environmentally friendly and less congested. There will be also better access to public transportation.” The authority expects the construction itself will generate jobs, as the new 1.4 million square feet facility, stretching across more than 13 acres, includes rental car services across from Terminal A and more than 800 new parking spots.
Airport travelers should keep in mind that some of the outbound and inbound traffic has been shifted. Newly installed roundabouts and traffic lights will make entering and exiting the airport a little different from years and months past, but the airport assures that there’s plenty of signage around airport roadways, directing travelers easily where they need to go, whether they’re picking up or dropping off a passenger, or searching for the on-site long-term or short-term parking lots.
How the Construction Will Impact Travel Plans
The best thing to do as these construction changes take place? Make sure that you exercise caution and follow all construction signs and variable message boards. These will give you in-the-moment updates on any changes and directions to traffic patterns that you need to be aware of.
Keep in mind that some of these changes might slow you down, so you may want to arrive at the airport a little earlier than normal (three hours ahead of your flight is advised for international flights; two hours ahead of your flight is advised for domestic flights, when flying during normal travel times — peak travel times such as holiday weekends may require more time).
How to Avoid the Hassle
Of course, all of this construction hassle — which is planned to go on for the next three years — can add some unneeded stress to your travel experience. Let someone else take the wheel and hire Teddy’s Private Car Service to take you to and from Bradley airport. Whether you need a large, private van that can fit you and your entire family, or you just need an executive sedan for your company’s c-suite travelers, Teddy’s has the right vehicle for your needs. Teddy’s takes travelers to Bradley International Airport from destinations all over the state of Connecticut, as well from Boston, New York City, Providence and Albany.