Connecticut Airport to Open New Ground Transportation Center – Rental Operations


The new $210 million facility at Bradley International Airport will provide better access to rental cars, more parking and future transit options.

Photo: Connecticut Airport Authority

Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport is scheduled to open its new ground transportation hub in mid-July.

After five years of planning and construction, the new $210 million facility will provide better access to rental cars, more parking and future transit options, according to a press release from the Connecticut Airport Authority.

“The Ground Transportation Center will significantly improve the passenger experience at Bradley International Airport for arrivals and departures,” Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said. “Those of us who live in Connecticut know how convenient it is to fly to and from Bradley. It used to be one of our best kept secrets, but now that secret is out. This new facility, built without the use of taxpayer dollars, is critical to Bradley’s position as a critical economic engine for our state and is already helping to bring new airlines and destinations that benefit our residents and businesses. .

“Today we celebrate a significant milestone in the history of Bradley International Airport,” said Tony Sheridan, Chairman of the Connecticut Airport Authority Board of Directors. “Despite the setbacks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the construction of the airport’s new ground transportation hub was completed on time and on budget. Without a doubt, it has been a colossal undertaking, and we express our gratitude to all our partners for the success of this major passenger improvement.”

Key elements of the new ground transportation hub include:

  • Car rental services: Car rental operations for nine brands will be consolidated under one roof at this facility, including vehicle pick-up and return, car storage, cleaning and refueling. Passenger access is available a short walk from the main terminal. Passengers will no longer need to use a shuttle to access their rental car.
  • Additional public parking: The installation will add 830 new public parking spaces, increasing airport parking availability by 10%. More than half of these spaces will provide covered parking, and the remainder will be surface parking spaces adjacent to the facility.
  • Improved access to public transport: In addition to housing charter bus traffic, the facility will also include a dedicated area that will be used to receive buses connecting the airport to the CTRail line, as well as regional bus services.

Concerned about the environment, the opening of the facility will house more than 50 charging stations for electric vehicles. Additionally, car rental companies will use environmentally friendly substances and recycle and filter water during car washes.

“With the opening of the Ground Transportation Center, we have made a significant investment in the passenger experience at Bradley International Airport,” said Kevin A. Dillon, executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority. “In addition to transforming the airport’s footprint, the facility will streamline operations, save passengers time, improve access to public transportation, while eliminating traffic congestion and providing easier access to our levels of arrivals and departures.”


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