Massport, American Airlines Announce Restarting Philadelphia Service at Worcester Regional Airport
Third major airline to announce air service in past few months
WORCESTER – The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) and American Airlines are pleased to announce the return of American service at Worcester Regional Airport (ORH) with daily, nonstop flight to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) starting this November. The airport is also offering free parking for travelers using ORH through the end of the year.
“The investments we have made over the years at ORH are paying dividends,” said Congressman Jim McGovern. “This is great news that American is bringing another flight to Worcester, offering the community a new destination and more travel opportunities beyond.”
“Governor Baker and I are pleased with the progress Worcester Regional Airport continues to make as it expands opportunities connecting Central Massachusetts to the global economy,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Restarting this service to Philadelphia will provide residents with multiple flights, and hundreds of destinations.”
Philadelphia International Airport, the only major airport serving the nation’s 6th largest metropolitan area, is a large hub airport serving 32 million passengers annually. Twenty-five airlines, including all major domestic carriers, offer nearly 500 daily departures to more than 140 destinations worldwide. Located 7 miles from downtown Philadelphia, the airport is easily accessible and convenient to many tourist sites, business centers, and cultural hubs. The airport was recently ranked in the top 10 cheapest airports for international flights.
The first flight from Worcester will depart on November 2nd. Tickets will be available for sale on Monday, Aug 30th. This daily flight will use an Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft. The daily flight will operate as follows:
ORH at 6:31pm
PHL at 8:02pm
PHL at 4:52pm
ORH at 6:05pm
“This is the third flight announcement we’ve had in a few months, and we are excited to welcome American back to Worcester,” said Worcester County Sheriff and Massport Board Chairman Lew Evangelidis. “Having more service to more destinations allows passengers to choose a flight that works best for them.”
“There are exciting things happening in Worcester and airlines are paying attention,” said Massport CEO Lisa Wieland. “American was a terrific partner prior to the pandemic, and we are pleased they are returning to Worcester Regional Airport, offering travelers a convenient flight to Philadelphia with connections throughout the world.”
This year, ORH celebrates its 75th anniversary. In May 1946, the airport formerly known as Worcester Municipal Airport was approved by the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission to provide commercial air service. Over the years, the airport on top of Tatnuck Hill has transformed and grown. Since Massport took ownership of the airport in 2010, the Authority has invested more than $100 million in improvements, including in a Category III Instrument Landing System, completed in 2018. Two new jet bridges were installed in 2019, doubling the number to 4. And in 2020, Massport took advantage of the reduced passenger activity to resurface half of the airport’s primary runway and install energy-efficient LED runway signs using FAA funding. These investments will allow ORH to accommodate more flights and serve more passengers in the future.
“Having three major airlines competing for passengers at Worcester Regional Airport is a great sign that the city is truly on the map,” said Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Timothy P. Murray. “These flights offer opportunity for the business community to make connections throughout the country and the world.”
“Travelers can get anywhere in the world from Worcester with these flights,” said Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty. “Thank you to Massport, Lieutenant Governor Polito and the entire team for continuing to promote Worcester.”
“More exciting news for the City of Worcester and Central Massachusetts,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. “Three major airlines serving Worcester Regional Airport is terrific for residents and the City’s overall revitalization efforts.”
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The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport. For more information, please visit www.massport.com