Legislative Committee Studies Hartford-Brainard Airport
The legislature’s Program Review and Investigations Committee will conduct a study of the Hartford-Brainard Airport and its economic value to the state and region.
The study will also explore other proposed economic uses for the property.
Hartford-Brainard is a state-owned airport operated by the Connecticut Airport Authority.
At its peak, it consisted of two parcels of property, one on either side of the Connecticut River.
The airport is considered a general aviation airport as it provides no scheduled commercial air service.
However, the airport does offer charter flights, flight instruction, private aircraft basing, and is the site of a vocational school for aircraft mechanic instruction and certain State Police operations.
[slideshare id=63994962&doc=approvedscopefor2016-brainardairport-07-160713160733&type=d] Studies during the late 1980s and 1990s differed as to whether an airport or commercial redevelopment was the best use for the property.
Since that time, maintaining the Hartford parcel as an airport has become increasingly difficult now that a large portion of the property in East Hartford is occupied by a stadium at Rentschler Field.
The committee will hold a public hearing on July 20th at 1 pm in room 2D of the legislative office building in Hartford.
You can weigh in on the value of the airport to your business by emailing CBIA’s Eric Gjede.
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