Bradley International Airport has added nonstop service between Hartford and Edinburgh, Scotland on Norwegian Air.
The innaugural flight from the United Kingdom was celebrated Friday. Norwegian is to operate year-round, three times a week, with a twice-weekly schedule during the winter season. The route is Bradley’s second transatlantic direct flight. In September, the airport started service to Dublin, Ireland on Aer Lingus.
“Every day more and more passengers are recognizing that Bradley International Airport is faster and more convenient than other nearby airports,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said. “And with the addition of new flights to Europe, as well as new destinations across the country, that reputation continues to improve.”
Airport and state officials also announced recently that Spirit Airlines is expanding operations at the Windsor Locks airport, beginning daily nonstop seasonal service to Fort Myers and Tampa, Fla.
Spirit, an ultralow-cost carrier, has offered nonstop flights from Bradley to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Orlando, Fla., since April. The Fort Myers and Tampa flights are to begin Nov. 9 and extend through April. A nonstop flight to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. also was added recently.
With these additions, airport officials said, passengers can now fly to more than 30 domestic and international nonstop destinations.
Tickets for the Edinburgh service are on sale. The outbound flight leaves Bradley at 9:35 p.m., with scheduled arrival of 9:30 a.m. in Edinburgh. The inbound flight departs Edinburgh at 5:15 p.m. and arrives at Bradley at 7:55 p.m..
“The addition of this route is an important milestone for the Connecticut Airport Authority,” authority board Chairman Charles R. Gray said. “This new international route highlights Bradley Airport’s continued growth and is a reflection of Bradley’s growing popularity among European carriers.”
“We’re thrilled to welcome Norwegian to Bradley Airport,”…