WORCESTER – Worcester Regional Airport (ORH) is celebrating the three year anniversary of JetBlue Airways’ non-stop service from Worcester to Florida today with cupcakes for passengers and a visit from “Trax,” the Worcester Railers’ mascot. JetBlue flies daily flights from ORH to Orlando International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida.
“As Central Massachusetts continues to grow, Massport is pleased to play a part in better connecting Worcester-area residents with Florida and to bring visitors to this exciting part of the state.” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “Worcester Regional Airport is an important asset to the Commonwealth and I look forward to our continued work with local authorities and JetBlue.”
Worcester Regional Airport is owned and operated by the Massachusetts Port Authority, which has overseen over $31 million of investments in upgrades and capital improvements since the Authority took ownership in 2010. By 2020, that number will have increased to $100 million. Those investments have included the renovation of the existing tower building to create a dedicated, onsite Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) station; doubling the FAA-required number of AARF vehicles and number of safety/firefighting positions and an upgraded Category III instrument landing system – the highest-level FAA technology available for landing in low visibility.
“As we celebrate our third anniversary at Worcester Regional Airport, JetBlue is as committed as ever to offering the Commonwealth our award-winning service and low fares,” said Jeff Goodell, JetBlue’s vice president of government and airport affairs. “The City of Worcester and the broader community continue to be supportive of JetBlue’s nonstop service to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale and we look forward to the continued partnership.”
Conveniently located in the heart of Central Massachusetts, in New England’s second largest city, ORH offers a modern, spacious terminal, easy curbside drop off and pick up, free WiFi, full service food and beverage, and $7 daily or $42 weekly parking.
At its peak in 1989, Worcester Airport served more than 340,000 people and between 2009 and 2012, 250,000 people chose Worcester Airport. Worcester Regional Airport serves Worcester County, the second fastest growing county in Massachusetts, along with the Boston Metro West region and the bustling Interstate 495 corridor. A Massachusetts Department of Transportation economic impact study found that Worcester Regional Airport contributes $51.5 million to the regional economy.
ORH serves Worcester County, the second fastest growing county in Massachusetts, along with the Boston Metro West region and the bustling Interstate 495 corridor. The facility offers travelers comfort and accessibility and features four jet way gates, two ramp level gates, baggage carousels, a TSA installed passenger and baggage screening system, and extensive general aviation services and amenities including a fixed-base operator.