Another big flight announcement for Bradley Airport today; United Airlines is to launch a daily nonstop flight from Hartford to San Francisco. It joins American Airlines' Los Angeles service in connecting Connecticut with the West Coast.
United will begin flights in June. The San Francisco connection follows news of a second transatlantic flight at the airport last week, as Norwegian Air international announced service to Scotland. Governor Dannel Malloy said in a statement that the news "opens the door for increased economic opportunities for business travelers who see Hartford as a destination where their companies can do business with even more convenience."
East Windsor Approves Casino Site
Town officials in East Windsor have voted to back a proposal that would bring the state’s third casino to the town. East Windsor is one of two towns still in the running, along with Windsor Locks. If East Windsor is chosen the casino would take over the site of a now vacant movie theater on I-91. Last week, the partnership between the state’s two federally recognized Indian tribes said a final site choice would be revealed within days. East Windsor’s board of selectmen voted unanimously in favor of the development agreement. Meanwhile town officials in Windsor Locks say they’ll vote early this week on their proposal.
Insurance Execs Visit White House
Executives from Connecticut-based insurers Aetna and Cigna will be among those meeting with Donald Trump at the White House later today to discuss the future of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans have pledged to repeal and replace the law, but have yet to publicly outline a plan of their own. Humana was the first of the big five insurers to say that it would pull out of the Obamacare exchanges next year. Aetna has said it will make a decision by April 1st. Aetna’s chief executive, Mark Bertolini has been among the most pessimistic about the survival of the healthcare law, saying it's in a "death spiral."