Who’s better suited to manage Sikorsky Memorial Airport, the Connecticut Airport Authority that operates Bradley International or the Town of Stratford, with no experience in that area and never a fan of Bridgeport’s city-owned facility inside its borders?
The airport authority is offering $10 million plus additional investment to transform the commercially dormant Sikorsky into a regional hub for renewed passenger service. Aviation technology and proximity to Fairfield County’s gold coast fuses market opportunities.
Last week Stratford Mayor Laura Hoydick pledged a forthcoming purchase offer. Mayor Joe Ganim says he’s willing to listen for a few weeks but anticipates a deal in the end with the state.
The airport commission, dominated by Bridgeport representatives, as well as the City Council, must ultimately approve a transaction of the city-owned airport located in Stratford.
From CT Post:
But Ganim said he believes the pending deal to sell the city-owed, Stratford-based facility to the Connecticut Airport Authority is the best option for reviving commercial passenger service, which ended there over two decades ago.
“I’d be hard-pressed as mayor to go in a different direction with this opportunity on the table,” Ganim said this week in his first public comments on what he called Hoydick’s “eleventh hour” play late last week for Bridgeport’s airport.
Ganim said he hoped the Hoydick administration will provide more details by the next meeting of the city’s airport commission in early April. Hoydick has a seat on that body, which helps oversee Sikorsky, with the remaining members Bridgeport officials including the mayor, City Council president, city clerk and municipal finance director.
“Let’s give them a couple weeks,” Ganim said. “But I think at the end of the day, unless something changes dramatically, this (the CAA) is the only real opportunity. … They are the only ones able to move this airport to the next level as a viable commercial location in Fairfield County that will rival by convenience and location Westchester (Airport in New York).”
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