HVN - Tweed New Haven Regional



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Service: Domestic

Airlines: US Airways Express

Distance from Manhattan: 82.0 miles

Directions By Car: See map above.

Airport Information:

  • 394 acres
  • Runway 02-20: 5,600' long
  • Runway 14-32: 3,175' long
  • 4 Aircraft Gates / 1 with Jetbridge
  • Served by 1 airline
  • 1 non-stop destination

Functional Role: Despite its catchment area of 2.8 million passengers, the fifth largest in New England, only one percent of that catchment area used New Haven in FY 2004, 59 percent used Bradley, 23 percent used the New York City area airports, and 13 percent used Providence.

History

Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport's history begins on November 23, 1922 when New Haven's Mayor David E. Fitzgerald created a commission to study potential sites for the development of an airport.  Under the leadership of James W. Cook, the commission chose the present site based on the expansion opportunities, and close proximity to the city. The spot they chose was once a thickly wooded and swampy area. The land cost $65,000 and was secured in the name of the city. It was also located partially in the Town of East Haven, so a special act of the state legislature was necessary for New Haven to acquire the land.

The airport officially opened on November 11, 1929 when Mayor Thomas H. Tulley and Governor John H. Trumbull began construction with a gold and silver spade, which had been hand delivered via air by a local parachutist, Ed Sherman. To complete his delivery, Sherman had jumped out of a Bourdon "Kitty Hawk" open cockpit bi-plane piloted by John Hancock "Jack" Tweed.

From the 1930s to the 1960s, the airport was called the "Municipal Airport" and was managed by John Tweed. In 1961 the community renamed the airport after him.

In World War II, the War Department took over Tweed Airport. Official occupation by the 429th Air Base & Headquarters Squadron began at 11am on November 8, 1942. The airport was located in the War Department's East Coast Defense Zone and was considered a "Vital Defense Area".

Eventually, Tweed's role in commercial aviation grew as Allegheny, American, and Eastern Airlines included the airport on their routes from Boston to New York. However, beginning in the 1960s, the major airlines began replacing their smaller planes with larger ones, which prevented them from using Tweed.

  • LGA
  • EWR
  • JFK
  • HPN
  • ISP
  • SWF
  • HVN
  • ABE
  • ACY
  • BDL

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