Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, US has started the construction of a $210m ground transportation centre.

The ceremony was attended by Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Connecticut Airport Authority officials, and project stakeholders.

The 1.4 million square feet transportation centre will be built on a 13.4-acre site located west of the existing short-term and long-term parking garage.

With a direct connection to Terminal A, the new facility will accommodate rental services, increase public parking availability, and incorporate public transit connections.

Governor Ned Lamont said: “Undoubtedly, Bradley International Airport is rapidly rising in popularity and ridership, with more airlines and routes being added regularly.

“Now with this addition of this ground transportation centre, travel will become even more convenient. Improving Connecticut’s transportation system is key to improving business development and growing jobs in nearly every sector of our economy. I am determined to utilise our state’s largest airport as an economic driver.”

The facility will be able to combine all car rental services, allowing passengers to access their rental cars without using shuttles.

It will also provide additional parking space for up to 830 cars. More than half of these spaces will offer covered parking, while the remaining will be used for surface parking spots next to the facility.

The ground transportation centre will offer a dedicated area for buses, connecting the airport to the CTrail line and regional bus services.

Connecticut Airport Authority executive director Kevin Dillon said: “Our passengers will save time as their rental cars will be located closer to the terminal and the airport footprint will become more environmentally friendly and less congested.

“There will be also better access to public transportation. Furthermore, the construction will generate jobs and the properties where the rental car companies currently operate can be developed in the future for other exciting purposes.”

Construction of the ground transportation centre is currently underway and is expected to be completed over the next three years.

The project is being entirely financed by customer facility charge revenues.