Stratford mayor votes against selling Sikorsky airport – NBC Connecticut
Stratford Mayor Laura Hoydick said she was against the sale of Sikorsky Airport to the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA), saying the airport is entirely within Stratford’s territorial boundaries.
Earlier this month, the City of Bridgeport Airport Commission authorized the sale of the airport to CAA for $10 million.
More than two decades have passed since Bridgeport Airport provided regular passenger service. Since then it has operated for general aviation which only includes air services for individuals and businesses, according to Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim.
The CAA plans to complete airport renovations totaling more than $60 million. Those renovations include adding the airfield and landside infrastructure needed to support commercial air service, Ganim said.
Hoydick said she was the only person to vote against the sale. She also noted that she is Stratford’s only member of the Sikorsky Memorial Airport Commission.
The mayor of Stratford said Bridgeport had changed its position from wanting to enter into an operator agreement with the CAA to selling it to them outright.
“We have expressed Stratford’s concerns about the likely expansion and development of the airport in a way that does not take into account the nature of the surrounding community, nor the ecologically sensitive marshes and wetlands surrounding the airport. “, Hoydick said in a statement. .
Hoydick said Stratford was denied the opportunity to make the case for its purchase of the airport.
“The airport should be run by those who have a vested interest in the area because we live here, not by some state entity 70 miles away,” she continued.
The sale of the airport has been approved by the airport commission. It still needs to be approved by the Bridgeport City Council as well as the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).