Supreme Court's refusal to hear appeal is good news for Tweed-New Haven Airport

Published on Monday, 23 March 2020 20:20
Written by The Associated Press

HARTFORD (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Connecticut’s appeal of a ruling that overturned a state law limiting the length of Tweed-New Haven Airport’s main runway, handing the small airport a victory in its attempts to expand airline service.

The justices gave no reason Monday for the decision, under their normal practice.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled in July that the 2009 state law is pre-empted by federal aviation law, overturning a 2017 ruling by a federal magistrate judge in Hartford who upheld the state law.

Officials at the public airport argued the state law that limited the main runway to its current 5,600 feet has prevented the airport from drawing more commercial airlines and flights, because the runway is too short for most commercial planes to take off. The runway is one of the shortest commercial airport runways in the country. Officials have proposed lengthening Runway 2/20 to about 7,200 feet on existing airport property.

At Tweed, American Airlines currently offers daily flights to and from Philadelphia and weekly flights to and from Charlotte, North Carolina.

“After ten years of limitations, Tweed-New Haven Airport is finally free to pursue expanding our runway within our existing property lines and to meet the growing demand for more frequent air service in southern Connecticut,” Sean Scanlon, the airport’s executive director, said in a written statement.

“We are very excited about what this will mean in terms of new air service in New Haven and to our local economy and we look forward to working with all local stakeholders including our neighbors to determine how best to move forward now that this case is finally over,” he said.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Nation-World on Monday, 23 March 2020 20:20. Updated: Monday, 23 March 2020 20:22.