WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is rolling out his infrastructure plan this week, and the first proposal would privatize the nation’s air traffic controllers, including the 17 that direct takeoffs and landings at Bradley International Airport.
WASHINGTON — A new Federal Aviation Administration bill making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives has drawn mixed reviews from airports including Bradley International, those who fly smaller planes and one of the nation’s largest airlines – Delta. The hot-button issue for many is the move to privatize the nation’s air traffic controllers.
Connecticut is waiving landing fees and helping with promotion in return for American Airlines resuming daily non-stop service between Bradley International Airport and Los Angeles, beginning June 2. Based on an average landing fee of $676, the subsidy will cost about $238,000 annually.
Aer Lingus’ commitment to Connecticut came after a year in which Gov. Dannel P. Malloy lobbied the Irish government, chatted up airline officials on his way to the Paris Air Show, enlisted local corporations and, ultimately, offered a $4.5 million guarantee against losses in each of the first two years, plus $5 million in other inducements.