Tweed-New Haven Airport has played a large part in my life. I grew up 1.5 miles away, and one of my favorite childhood memories was going to watch the planes take off and land with my father. We saw many different types of aircraft from private to commercial to military, all serving the Greater New Haven area. I remember a Yale professor flying low above our town in his WWII-era Grumman Bearcat. When I turned 15, I took my first flying lessons at Tweed.
All these years later, and after a long period of underutilization, I’m now watching as the airport is once again growing and serving as an economic driver for our region. I was heartened to see another important step taken toward that future when the airport recently issued its draft environmental assessment, which showed that the proposed improvements at Tweed — specifically a lengthened runway and construction of a modern terminal — will actually improve the airport’s future environmental impact. From noise, to air quality, to traffic, the planned changes at the airport are ready to be done in an environmentally sound fashion.