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Bradley Airport Resumes Air Travel, Getting Back to Normal

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WGGB) — Bradley Airport is once again seeing commercial flights out of and into Connecticut.

Commercial flights were suspended over the last 24 hours due to the high winds caused by Hurricane Sandy.

With Sandy spinning away, Bradley Airport is starting to feel its pulse again.

After nearly 24 hours of cancelled flights, the arrival and departure boards are once again seeing green

“It’s going to be a limited flight schedule today. There are still a lot of cancellations. It’s a domino effect you have to get the equipment and crews in the right places and it’s going to take a couple days to get the system back up and running. We ask people to be patient and check with the airline, not the airport,” says Bradley spokesperson John Wallace.

Bradley, like most of the airports along the east coast, had commercial flights cut in advance of Hurricane Sandy and that created challenges for travelers like musician Patrick Ball.

“I just came up from Virginia Beach, Virginia which I guess just got a terrible whack from the storm and then I was supposed to fly out yesterday to go back to San Francisco and now I seem to be able to get out today,” says Ball, who is from San Francisco.

Wallace was up early this morning, monitoring Sandy’s progress and getting key updates to ensure that Bradley International Airport could safely resume flights.

“I talked to our guys around 3:30 this morning and things were pretty calm. We dodged a bullet for the most part. There were high winds. We got a little bit of rain but we lucked out compared to those to the south of us,” adds Wallace.

When wind speeds leveled off, commercial flights gave the green light and passengers who had to pause for a day were free for take off

“To be honest, we were very fortunate and lucky. We got off the highways before they closed so we are safe and good. The flights are going to resume shortly. [Did you keep and eye on that?] Oh yes we certainly did. We weren’t sure the airport would be open but it’s open and they indicate our flight is on schedule,” says Jack Klein of Phoenix, Ariz.

Wallace says travelers should check with their airline to get status updates on their flights in and out of Bradley.