United Airlines announced plans to operate a daily seasonal nonstop service between Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport and San Francisco International Airport.
Flights will begin on June 8 and run through Sept. 5 and service will utilize a 128-seat Airbus 319 for one inbound and one outbound flight per day. This will be the second direct flight route from Bradley to California – American Airlines operates service between the airport and Los Angeles – and United also operates Bradley-based flights to Chicago, Denver, Houston, Newark and Washington, D.C.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy heralded the seasonal service as an affirmation of his policies. “What I hope everyone understands with these ongoing developments is that adding more airlines and more routes opens the door for increased economic opportunities for business travelers who see Hartford as a destination where their companies can do business with even more convenience,” he said in a statement. “This is exactly why I pushed for the creation of the Connecticut Airport Authority several years ago, because we see Bradley as a key economic driver in our region. We will continue utilizing the airport as yet another resource to grow jobs and increase business activity in Connecticut.”
At a forum at Yale University’s School of Management in early February, a GE executive blamed the state’s transportation infrastructure as being more than inadequate.
Ann Klee, GE’s vice president for Boston development and operations, had nothing positive to say about the state’s transportation environment. “The airports here suck,” Klee said. “Transportation is huge for us. We need to get to work, but we also need to get our people around the world … We need to be in a place where we could attract top talent. Our employees walk to work or take public transportation in Boston. That wouldn’t work in Connecticut.”