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Connecticut’s largest airport to retain name

January 30, 2020 GMT

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — The largest airport in Connecticut will keep its name after a study found that there was no decisive benefit to making a change.

The Connecticut Airport Authority’s board of directors accepted the recommendation Wednesday from the quasi-public agency’s executive director, Kevin Dillon, to retain the Bradley International Airport name.

The authority’s study found, among other things, that airports that changed their names did not see a resulting bump up in passenger traffic, the main motivation for adopting a new name.

Dillon told the Hartford Courant the issue may be revisited.

Tony Sheridan, the board’s chairman, expressed disappointment. He wants the airport in Windsor Locks to be known as Connecticut International because that “provides Connecticut with an identity worldwide.”

The airport is named for Lt. Eugene Bradley, an Army airman who in August 1941 died in a crash during a training exercise at the site, which was then a military base.