First direct flight from Bradley to Los Angeles took off Friday

American Airlines offering one flight in each direction daily

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The first direct flight to LAX takes off from Bradley International Airport on June 3, 2016. Image Courtesy: Connecticut Airport Authority

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – For those looking to travel to sunny Southern California, you can now get there without a layover! The first direct flight to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from Bradley International Airport took off Friday morning.

There was a celebration at the gate, as passengers were treated to music, food, and drinks before boarding the flight to the West Coast.

American Airlines is offering the nonstop service, which will leave Bradley daily at 7:00 A.M., arriving in LAX at 9:10 A.M. Pacific time. The return flight leaves LAX at 9:10 P.M. Pacific, landing at Bradley at 5:35 A.M. Eastern.

The Connecticut Airport Authority, which runs Bradley International Airport, has been looking to expand the number of nonstop flights to sought-after destinations. United Airlines recently began offering direct flights to Denver from Bradley, and service to Dublin, Ireland via Aer Lingus is expected to begin in the fall.

“As we seek to enhance our passengers’ overall travel experience through Bradley, we are working on expanding our menu of non-stop destinations,” said Kevin A. Dillon, Executive Director of the Connecticut Airport Authority.

The flights to and from LAX will be on Boeing 737 aircraft, capable of carrying 160 passengers.

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Image Courtesy: Connecticut Airport Authority

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