Like many airports, Bradley Airport has more space open than it wants, but in Bradley's case, the space isn't in the terminal, it's in the development zone around the airport.
Kevin Dillon, after just three days on the job as executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, said he hopes the business community will support Bradley and he's confident the state government will help provide incentives for airlines.
"I'd like to continue to grow the service level here," Dillon said after a meeting of the authority's board.
"We want to focus on international travel as a real potential here but we need to also pay attention to the domestic route structure. Long haul West Coast service is something that we'll certainly be after," he said.
Dillon also sees more cargo flights as business Bradley can land, "not necessarily because of the financial return to the airport but it's a huge generator of employment," he said.
He left the airport system in Rhode Island to take the job in Connecticut, where he oversees not just Bradley but also the state government's general aviation airports.
Terminal B at Bradley, unused for years, must be demolished, Dillon said, and demand for airline service doesn't meet the requirements for a new terminal, but an expansion of parking could be in the works at Bradley.