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Hartford had 4.7m passengers in 9M 2023; American top carrier; Orlando leading destination

Hartford to Europe

Hartford is by far the largest commercial airport in the US state of Connecticut. According to its own statistics, it had almost 4.7 million passengers between January and September 2023. Traffic rose by nearly 10% versus the same nine months in 2022 but remained down by more than 7% versus 2019.

While Hartford’s recovery continues, it has benefited from the arrival of Sun Country in May 2021 and Breeze in December 2021. Air Canada resumed in June 2022 (initially summer-seasonally but now year-round), followed by the return of Hartford’s only long-haul route – Aer Lingus seasonally to Dublin – in March 2023. The airport now seeks its first London route.

American is the leading airline

According to Cirium schedules information, Hartford has 845,000 departing seats In Q1 2024 (January-March). Capacity has fallen by about 5% versus Q1 2023, which means the airport is the country’s 58th busiest.

While there is relatively little difference in it, American is Hartford’s leading operator. It has about one in five seats on a six-strong network: Charlotte, Chicago ORD, Dallas DFW, Miami, Philadelphia and Washington DCA.

Despite American’s capacity reducing year-on-year, it has cut the fewest seats of legacy carriers. Delta is especially impacted (-12.4%), with more than 19,000 departing seats removed. It has the same routes – Atlanta, Detroit, Miami, New York LGA – with the decline nearly fully because of big reductions to its slot-sitting LGA service. It has dropped from 3-daily to daily in the examined period.

Hartford airlines Q1 2024

Hartford is Breeze’s third busiest airport

The Connecticut airport is behind only Charleston and Tampa for Breeze’s capacity. Despite now ranking fifth at Hartford, Breeze’s low-capacity equipment and low frequencies means it has about 10% of the airport’s seats. Due to big cuts by ULCCs Frontier and Spirit, Breeze is now barely one percentage point away from their combined share.

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Breeze has 14 routes in Q1, of which only half have ever been served by another carrier. Six routes launched in 2023, as detailed below. The original and mid-January 2024 frequencies are provided. Notice two routes now have a daily service.

  • 2 February 2023: Vero Beach (was 3-weekly, now daily)
  • 9 February 2023: Phoenix (3)
  • 16 February 2023: Raleigh Durham (2, now 3)
  • 17 May 2023: Fort Myers (2, now daily)
  • 18 May 2023: Tampa (3, now 2)
  • 19 May 2023: New Orleans (2; but non-stops have been cut)

    Hatfield network

    Orlando remains Hartford’s top destination

    When all airlines are considered, Hartford’s Q1 network comprises 36 non-stop destinations. The sole non-US services are Toronto YYZ (daily by Air Canada) and Dublin (Aer Lingus resumes on 14 March, initially 3-weekly then daily).

    While Puerto Rico is considered domestic from the US mainland, San Juan is Hartford’s sixth most-served market. It has 18-weekly departures in mid-January: 11-weekly by Frontier and daily by JetBlue. Spirit, which started the route in June 2023, ceases it on 9 January. Despite this, capacity is still above last year’s level.

    Orlando – one of nine Florida airports served in Q1 – remains Hartford’s leading non-stop market, although seats are down by almost a fifth. There are 34-weekly flights in January by JetBlue (2-daily), Southwest (13-weekly) and Frontier (daily). Breeze will join them on 29 May (3-weekly), although slightly lower frequencies by Southwest means June flights will total 35-weekly.

    Top 10 Hartford destinations Q1 2024

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