cloudboy wrote:Here's what I see about BDL - If you look at it purely from a map perspective it looks like it is in the middle of nowhere. But when you think about the market around it - it is a pretty easy drive from a significant portion of the very affluent southern CT market. A lot easier than trying to drive into NYC. It doesn't tap the Boston market, but certainly gets to central Mass, which is still pretty dense. And both the Springfield and Worcester metro areas have quite a large number of colleges.
I think what is really going to enable BDL growth though is getting dependable rail service. And this is already being built. It won't be a non-stop ride into NYC, but it will be one stop. And potentially relatively high-speed as well. All this isn't written in stone yet, but I think things are lining up for it to be a good system.
BOS is getting to be pretty built out, at least in terms of gate space. I think some of the international LCCs are going to see the potential of capturing at least some of the New England Market and some of the NYC market by flying into BDL, assuming the transportation options to get to either are in place.
CairnterriAIR wrote:Good points, however BDL really can't be considered to be in the middle of nowhere. It sits squarely between Hartford and Springfield....15 to 20 minute drive to either downtown. In addition the suburban towns surrounding those cities and within 30 minutes of the airport constitutes a very sizable population. Agawa, Simsbury, Longmeadow, West Hartford, and Avon alone equal 125,000 people. There is also a fair amount of affluence there as well. The CT shore just adds to the totals.
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