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Where to Park, Shop and Dine at Bradley Airport

Located in Windsor Locks, CT, Bradley International Airport (BDL) is the second largest airport in New England, and serves the greater Hartford area. BDL is a dual use military facility with the U.S. Air Force, and the home of the 103rd airlift wing of the Connecticut Air National Guard.

In 1948, the federal government deeded the airport to the state of Connecticut for public and commercial use. Built in 1950, BDL’s Murphy Terminal, also called Terminal B, was the oldest passenger terminal in the U.S. before closing in 2010.

The four largest carriers at BDL are Southwest, Delta, JetBlue, and American Airlines. Other airlines serving BDL include Air Canada Express, American Eagle, Breeze Airways, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, and United Express.

BDL has a host of shopping and dining options available to travelers. Find a full list of all leisure amenities here.

BDL’s Escape Lounge is a common-use facility that features contemporary furnishings, complimentary hot and cold food and drinks, a private restroom, high-speed WiFi, and more. Standard entry fees are $45 per person ($40 if pre-booked). Entry for American Express Platinum and Delta SkyMiles Reserve cardholders is complimentary. For more information on pricing and hours, visit their website. The Escape Lounge is located near Gate 1 across from Dunkin’ Donuts.

The Parking Spot BDL offers reservable spots that are up to 50% less expensive than parking at the airport. The lot is located just a few minutes from the airport, and parking includes complimentary door-to-door shuttle service.
  • Access to the lowest rates via reservation and pre-pay on The Parking Spot app or
  • On-call shuttle service 24/7
  • Shuttle tracking through The Parking Spot app
  • Luggage assistance
  • Free bottled water
  • Short and long-term parking options
  • Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Express check-in and check-out through The Parking Spot app
  • Valet and covered parking options

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New England Air Museum (36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks, CT) Located adjacent to BDL, this museum is committed to telling the story of air travel, presenting historically significant aircraft artifacts, and providing hands-on aviation education programs to young people.

Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine (115 Newgate Road, East Granby, CT) A National Historic Landmark and a State Archaeological Preserve, this site was an operational copper mine from 1705-1750s, and was Connecticut’s first prison from 1773-1827. The site is open for visits from May through October. (5.5 miles from BDL)

Connecticut Trolley Museum (58 North Road, East Windsor, CT) Learn about the evolution of the trolley from horsecar to electric transport through this interactive visitor center that includes unlimited trolley rides for the day. (6.7 miles from BDL)

Six Flags New England (1623 Main St., Agawam, MA) Roller coaster enthusiasts will go wild for this iconic amusement park that features rides including The Riddler™ Revenge, the Harley Quinn™ Spinsanity, and the Hurricane Harbor water park. (10.7 miles from BDL)

Q. Is BDL an international airport?
A. Bradley airport is an international facility located near Hartford, Connecticut.
Q. Who owns Bradley Airport?
A. Bradley International Airport is owned by the Connecticut Airport Authority.
Q. Where is BDL located?
A. BDL is located in the New England area of Connecticut.
Q. How many total passengers fly in and out of BDL every year?
A. In 2019, BDL served over 6.75 million passengers.
Q. Can you sleep in BDL?
A. There are a number of hotels located near BDL including Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bradley Airport, and Fairfield Inn & Suites Hartford Airport.
Q. Does Bradley have TSA Precheck?
A. BDL does offer TSA Precheck to eligible travelers.
Q. Is there a kid-friendly area at BDL?
A. BDL does not have a specific kid-friendly play area inside of the airport.
Q. Does BDL have free WiFi?
A. BDL has free WiFi throughout the airport terminals.
Q. Does BDL have a pet relief area?
A. There are outdoor pet relief areas at both ends of the terminal building on the lower level, and an indoor pet relief area inside Terminal A, near the iStore.
Q. Is vaping allowed at BDL?
A. Vaping is not allowed inside of BDL.
Q. Are there smoking lounges at BDL?
A. There are no smoking lounges at BDL, but there are designated smoking areas outside of the airport.
Q. How many runways does BDL have?
A. BDL has two asphalt runways for planes to take off and land.
Q. Does BDL have nursing rooms for moms?
A. BDL has a private nursing lounge located beyond the security checkpoint next to the airport’s CNBC store.


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