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Turning Connecticut Airports into Vibrant Economic Catalysts

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The law that created the Connecticut Airport Authority in 2011 was the first of many steps which will make Connecticut airports more appealing to passengers, cargo operators and airline operators, while attracting additional business into the region.  

As the Authority’s general counsel, selected to design and implement the transition plan, our attorneys are working with the Authority’s Federal Aviation Administration counsel to transfer sponsorship of the airports which includes the assignment of hundreds of contracts, the movement of employees from the Connecticut Department of Transportation to the Authority and the negotiation of bond obligations.  We are assisting the Authority in developing their operating, employment and regulatory policies and procedures and creating approval processes for eligible companies seeking to relocate to the newly created airport development zones.  Our environmental and land use attorneys have reviewed all environmental permits and licenses pertaining to the airport and have overseen the complex due diligence relating to the airport properties.  Additionally, our real estate attorneys have supervised complicated title searches and will manage the transfer of more than 100 parcels of land from the Connecticut Department of Transportation to the Authority. 

The sheer size and number of the properties involved in the transaction, together with the complexity of the related financial, tax, real estate, employment and environmental issues, have required our attorneys to draft special additional legislation and provide the necessary technical input to regulators, legislators and other decision makers.

"I have been very impressed with the expertise of the Pullman & Comley team.  Although faced with very significant and complex legal issues, their comprehensive transition plan has been instrumental in keeping the transfer of the airports on track." 

Kevin Dillon, Executive Director, Connecticut Airport Authority