The General Assembly's Transportation Committee heard testimony this week related to legislation that would provide Bradley International Airport's governing board with more autonomy.

The thinking behind the bill? Giving the board the power and tools to act quickly would allow the airport to compete for air traffic and generate economic activity.

CBIA's Eric Brown testified in support of the bill, HB 6139, saying it was critical the airport achieve its potential "as an economic engine for not only the region, but the state of Connecticut and beyond."

There was plenty of support from both sides of the committee dias, with Sen. Scott Frantz (R-Greenwich) agreeing with Brown's comments, noting "I've always considered Bradley International to be a caged tiger."

Brown told the CT Mirror that while the legislature has considered the issue in previous sessions, "We have a governor who also recognizes that it's important to expand the flexibility of the board."