Bradley International Airport (BDL), which is located halfway between Hartford and Springfield, is the primary airport serving the Hartford region and the busiest airport in Connecticut. Among the carriers operating from BDL: Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and US Airways. Travelers from Bradley can fly non-stop to destinations across the United States, as well as cities in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The busiest domestic routes are for flights from Bradley to Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Orlando and Chicago.
Travelers flying to Philadelphia have an alternate option: Tweed New Haven Regional Airport (HVN), which is located about 43 miles from Hartford. Currently, only US Airways Express operates from the airport, offering non-stop flights to Philadelphia.
Several low-cost carriers fly from Bradley International Airport, including AirTran Airways (flights to Atlanta), JetBlue (flights to cities including Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and San Juan) and Southwest (flights to cities including Baltimore, Chicago, Denver and Tampa). When searching for cheap airfares, ensure that your search includes these airlines. However, it’s common for full-service carriers to match airfares on the same routes. You should also start your search as early as possible—even a couple months before your trip—to get inexpensive flights. Also, you’re more likely to find cheap flights if your travel dates are flexible.
Puerto Rico is a popular vacation destination for Hartford-area travelers, and JetBlue Airways flies non-stop between Bradley International Airport and San Juan. The travel time is about 4 hours.
Puerto Rico has a tropic climate, and the temperature doesn’t vary much from month to month. Average lows are about 67 degrees and average highs are about 85 degrees. Rainfall, however, can vary from month to month. Typically, January, February and March are the driest months, and November sees the most rain. Keep in mind that Puerto Rico can be affected by hurricanes, and hurricane season runs from June through November.
Because Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States, American visitors do not need a passport to visit the island. Nor is it necessary to exchange money because the US dollar is the official currency.