This week saw the inauguration of new non-stop flights to Europe, from Bradley International Airport.
Aer Lingus, Ireland's flag carrier, now offers daily service to Dublin, with connections to many other European cities.
Kevin Dillon, Executive Director and CEO of the Connecticut Airport Authority joined Al and Jenn to talk about putting the international back in Bradley International Airport.
The flight will run seven days a week until November 1. It will then run on a reduced schedule until late spring, when it will return to running every day.
Aer Lingus said they are including “customs clearing” in Dublin, which means travelers will have cleared customs while still in Ireland and that on the return flight to Connecticut they will essentially be traveling back as domestic fliers.
"There is a lot of excitement surrounding this inaugural flight coming into the airport as well as our first flight out to Dublin. This flight really elevates the stature of Bradley Airport and certainly the region. Our businesses in this region have been asking for this global connectivity and we feel this flight will deliver it," said Kevin Dillon, Executive Director of the Connecticut Airport Authority.
Connecticut officials view this flight as a potential boost to economic development by making international travel directly to and from Connecticut easier. Aer Lingus officials are calling this direct flight a “gateway to Europe” as there are 28 connecting destinations from Dublin, including Amsterdam, London, Barcelona, Madrid, and Paris.