Bradley International Airport adds weekday nonstop service to Pittsburgh


By Jim Kinney

WINDSOR LOCKS - Bradley International Airport will offer daily nonstop service to Pittsburgh starting May 9.

The Connecticut Airport Authority, which owns and runs the region's commercial airport, announced the service by OneJet this week.

Tickets go on sale April 1. the schedule, including what time the flights leave and arrive, will be released then.

Brdley will now offer nonstop flights to 29 cities. A full list is available here.

Bradley reported 2.72 million passengers boarding in calendar year 2015, that's up 1.4 percent from the 2.68 million passenger departures in calendar year 2014. Roughly a quarter of those travelers are from Western Massachusetts.

The airport has also been adding flights of late, including the long-awaited return of transatlantic service to Dublin, commencing on Sept. 28 and nonstop flights to Los Angeles beginning June 2.

Airlines are more willing to add routes to their schedules with oil prices so low because jet fuel is less expensive and the routes are more economical to run, airport management has said.

Bradley International Airport contributes $4 billion in economic activity to the state of Connecticut and the surrounding region, representing $1.2 billion in wages and 18,000 full-time jobs.

OneJet has named Pittsburgh its "focus city." The airline already serves already serves its hub in Indianapolis and Milwaukee from Pittsburgh and plans to add four more routes in addition to Hartford.

OneJet also flies to Memphis, and Nashville.

OneJet uses business jets to fly its routes. It is a a public charter service, meaning OneJet rents the aircraft and contracts with an operator to fly it while OneJet advertises the flight and sells tickets to the general public.

Being a public charter means that OneJet can also cancel a flight if no one books.

The Pittsburgh service will be offered using a Hawker 400 corporate jet aircraft.

The planed flight is subject to FAA approval.

Kevin Dillon, Connecticut Airport Authority executive director, said in a news release:

"The CAA is pleased to have partnered with OneJet in offering our business community access to a very important business destination. The introduction of this new service reflects our ongoing commitment to offering our passengers an ever expanding menu of flight options and the opportunity to travel more conveniently."

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