Bradley International Airport gets a new administrator today, after an eight month search for new leadership for the state run facility.
Jeffrey Schultes comes to Bradley from Portland International Jetport in Maine.Â Heâ€™s also worked at Bloomington Airport in Illinois, and been an airport executive for FedEx.Â He arrives at Bradley at a time of soaring fuel prices and unprecedented upheaval in the airline industry.Â He admits it may be a rough landing.
"You know, itâ€™s not just Bradley, itâ€™s the entire world.Â And I think you know thereâ€™s going to be some rough times, and weâ€™re just going to have to make sure that weâ€™re smart about the way we do business over the next year or two."
Schultes says although routes may be affected by the shuffle among airlines, he believes Bradley could be well placed to expand its international service, currently the airport has just one transatlantic flight, to Schipol in Amsterdam.Â He says congestion at the New York airports may work in Bradleyâ€™s favor, but he says the airport must become more business minded.
"Itâ€™s a state organization, and thereâ€™s nothing wrong with a state organization, but we constantly have to try to do things better, to make it better for not only the public but for the airlines that serve."
Shultes says he wants to reach out to the business community surrounding Bradley in order to chart a path forward for the airport.