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UP: Greater Hartford - Bradley International Airport

Silly Springfield, they think Bradley is their airport. I kid, I kid. What's good for us is good for them.

Springfield Republican

World opens up again for Western Mass.

by The Republican Wednesday December 10, 2008, 6:00 AM

When Northwest Airlines cited high fuel prices as the reason for canceling its one-year-old service between Bradley International Airport and Amsterdam on Oct. 1, hopes that the flights would eventually resume seemed overly optimistic. Western Massachusetts residents are so accustomed to bad news that Northwest's stated reason for ending the service seemed like just another convenient excuse for a business to abandon the region.

But good things do sometimes happen in the Pioneer Valley. And Tuesday's announcement that Northwest will resume flights from Bradley to Amsterdam - beginning in June - falls into that category.

After the service started, it was an instant success. Flights from Bradley to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport - the first trans-Atlantic service in the airport's history - had become popular with business and leisure travelers from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts who no longer had to travel to Boston or New York to catch a flight to Europe. The availability of the Amsterdam-to-Bradley service helped lure a Belgian plastics recycler, Socaplast, to launch a $3.4 million project at the Solutia plant in Springfield, creating 15 jobs.

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