Bradley International Airport (BDL) Guide

ABOUT BDL
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 Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, and American Airlines. Other airlines serving BDL include Aer Lingus, Air Canada Express, American Eagle, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, and United Express.

AIRPORT DINING AND AMENITIES
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. The Escape Lounge is located near gate 1 across from Dunkin’ Donuts.


PARKING
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 TheParkingSpot.com
  • Shuttle service every 5-7 minutes from the parking lot to the airport
  • On-call shuttle hours between 11 p.m. - 7 a.m.
  • 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

HOTELS NEAR BDL
Check out these nearby hotels:

BDL AIRPORT ATTRACTIONS
New England Air Museum (36 Perimeter Rd., 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.


ATTRACTIONS NEAR BDL
Old New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine (115 Newgate Rd., East Granby, CT) A National Historic Landmark and a State Archeological Preserve, this site was an operational copper mine from 1705-1750s, and was Connecticut’s first prison from 1773-1827. (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)

FAQ
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 2017, BDL served over 6.5 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.
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 three 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.


ABOUT BNA
With four runways and land spanning 3,900 acres, Nashville International Airport (BNA) serves 20 airlines and 585 daily arriving and departing flights to more than 72 cities in North America and Europe. The airport is the home to the 118th Airlift Wing and is the headquarters of the Tennessee Air National Guard.

BNA is a former hub to American Airlines, who invested $115 million into the development of a new 15-gate concourse in the mid 1980s. After December 1995, American gradually scaled back its operations at BNA, and Southwest Airlines began using the airport as a major hub. Today, Southwest dominates most of the gates at the airport.

In recent years, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, expressed interested in building out BNA's service to include more nonstop destinations, increasing cargo service, and adding more international flights. The airport authority committed $1.2 billion to BNA's renovation project called BNA Vision.

Airlines serving BNA travelers include Air Canada Express, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, American Eagle, British Airways, Contour Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Southern Airways Express, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, WestJet, and WestJet Encore.

AIRPORT DINING AND AMENITIES
Dine and Shop at BNA in style! The airport features several shopping and dining options that offer both local fare and global choices. BNA displays several permanent art collections and rotating exhibits. Find a full list of arts and events here.


PARKING
Off-Site BNA Parking with The Parking Spot Finding convenient and affordable parking is easy with The Parking Spot. We offer reservable spots that are approximately 40% less expensive than parking on-site at BNA. Our Donelson Pike location is just a few minutes from the airport, and includes complimentary door-to-door shuttle service. Other benefits include:
  • Access to the lowest rates via reservation and pre-pay on The Parking Spot app or TheParkingSpot.com
  • Shuttle service every 5-7 minutes from the parking lot to the airport
  • On-call shuttle hours between 11 p.m. - 7 a.m.
  • Shuttle tracking through The Parking Spot app
  • Luggage assistance
  • Free bottled water
  • Soft Hands Car Care for select parking types
  • 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 parking

HOTELS NEAR BNA
Whether you are planning in advance or experiencing unexpected overnight delays, finding a place to lay your head near BNA is not difficult. Check out these nearby hotel options:

BNA AIRPORT ATTRACTIONS
Nashville Flight Training(801 N. Hanger Ln., Hanger #7, BNA) - Want to learn how to fly? BNA is home to this exciting flight school that has a fleet of aircrafts that include Cessnas, Pipers, Socatas, and two state-of-the-art simulators.

ATTRACTIONS NEAR BNA
Nashville Paddle Company (2901 Bell Road, at the Hamilton Creek Recreation Area) - Outdoor enthusiasts will have a blast at this stand-up paddleboarding site located at nearby lakeside waterfront boathouse. (6.0 miles from BNA)

Nashville Zoo (3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville) - Enjoy one of Tennessee's best outdoor adventures at this zoological park that offers immersive habitats and a daily schedule of animal-centric activities. (7.8 miles from BNA)

Grand Ole Opry (2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville) - Honoring country music legends of the past and present, this iconic venue offers one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences and backstage tours. (8.2 miles from BNA)

FAQ
Q. Can you sleep in the Nashville airport?
A. You can sleep inside BNA but security may check your ID. There are no designated sleeping lounges inside the airport, but BNA is located near several hotels including Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, and Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport.

Q. Can you smoke at BNA?
A. There is smoking allowed inside the Graycliff Boutique & Lounge with a purchase, and outside the airport in designated smoking areas.

Q. Is this an international airport?
A. BNA is an international airport and serves domestic and global destinations.

Q. How far is Nashville International Airport from downtown?
A. BNA is about 9 miles away from downtown Nashville.

Q. How many terminals are at BNA Airport?
A. BNA has one terminal, but there are 4 concourses within the terminal.

Q. Is there a kid-friendly area at BNA?
A. There is a kid friendly area inside BNA located between gate B8 and B10.

Q. Is there a pet relief area at BNA?
A. There are two outdoor pet relief areas at opposite ends of the central terminal.

Q. Are there nursing suites at BNA?
A. BNA has a nursing room for women to feed their children in privacy. It is located near the Concourse A/B Food Court.

Q. How many runways does BNA have?
A. BNA has four runways for flights to touch down and take off.
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