HARTFORD–U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), U.S. Representatives John B. Larson (D-Conn.-01) and Joe Courtney (D-Conn.-02), and Governor Ned Lamont announced a $20 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration’s FY2022 Airport Terminal Program for Bradley International Airport. This funding will increase capacity of the ticket counter area, improve and streamline baggage handling, enhance and meet ADA requirements, and improve energy efficiency. It is expected to create 2,500 jobs during construction.

“Bradley is consistently recognized as one of the top airports in the country, and this funding is going to ensure it stays that way. Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this $20 million grant will improve the airport experience and save travelers time, all while creating good-paying jobs and making Bradley more energy efficient,” said Murphy.

“This is a significant investment for Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure. Not only will this critical funding lead to an easier and more streamlined airport experience for travelers at Bradley, but it will create thousands of good jobs for Connecticut workers. I am proud to have fought alongside our Congressional delegation to bring this much needed federal infrastructure funding back to Connecticut,” said Blumenthal.

“This grant from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will ensure Bradley International Airport can continue to meet the needs of our region. Bradley is a vital piece of Greater Hartford’s transportation network, and this funding will support efforts to improve the customer experience and reduce the airport’s carbon footprint. I was thrilled to work with Senators Blumenthal and Murphy and the entire delegation to bring airport infrastructure funding home to Connecticut,” said Larson.

“Faster lines and shorter wait times, more flight options, and a more open and modern terminal—that’s what this new Infrastructure funding is delivering for everyone in eastern Connecticut flying in and out of Bradley International Airport,” said Courtney. “Bradley International is the airport most people in CT-02 use when they need to fly, and while waiting in BDL’s currently crowded terminal space it's easy to see that it’s just about reached capacity—there’s hardly any room to increase the number of flights and airlines available to passengers, or to augment the flow of traffic. Increased funding through the new Infrastructure law means that CTDOT will finally have the resources for a long-awaited upgrade to BDL’s terminal space, providing the airport with room to offer more flight options, serve more passengers while cutting down on wait times, and give people a better airport experience. These Infrastructure upgrades will benefit thousands of workers and families in eastern Connecticut.”

 “This is great news and I thank the Biden Administration and our tireless Congressional Delegation for securing these funds for Bradley International Airport, which is a vital economic engine for our state,” said Lamont. “Bradley is already considered one of the best airports in the nation with service expanding to more and more cities across the United States. With this new federal funding, the experience of flying into and out of Bradley will continue to be first-class.”

Through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the Airport Terminals Program is a $5 billion grant program for airport terminal development projects that address the aging infrastructure of the nation’s airports.