Efforts to bring regular commercial flights back to Sikorsky Memorial Airport are gaining momentum, as the state Bond Commission approved $7 million for upgrades to the facility.
The Economic and Community Development grant will be used for pavement rehabilitation on Runway 11-29, fence installation, and an environmental assessment and initial design of additional revenue-generating opportunities at Bridgeport’s Sikorsky Memorial airport.
Bridgeport owns the airport, although it is located in Stratford.
“Continued investment in the airport is critical,” said Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim. “These grant-funded improvements are a first step in pursuing the necessary changes to support the potential return of commercial passenger service in Bridgeport. Additionally, the long-awaited funds will ensure enhancements for existing tenants, attract new operators, and further advance our city as a hub for transportation.”
“Officials on the federal, state, and local level have been working tirelessly toward this success,” said U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Connecticut). “Today, we’re one important step closer to improving quality of life for our neighbors in Bridgeport and around the region with commercial passenger flights that will grow businesses and bolster our economy.”
Earlier this month, Tailwind Air announced plans to offer daily nonstop weekday service for summer and fall travel between Sikorsky and Manhattan’s Skyport seaplane terminal, starting July 29.