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NEW: Worcester Secures JetBlue Deal

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

 

After months of anticipation, JetBlue is scheduled to fly out of Worcester's ORH, with talks being held later today.

According to the airline’s website, flights from Worcester will begin soon with destinations to Austin, TX (AUS); Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL); Santo Domingo, DR (SDQ); Orlando, FL (MCO); Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ); Bogota, Columbia; San Juan, PR (SJU); and Nassau, Bahamas (NAS).

The solidified deal comes after a long process of courting the area, as officials visited the regional airport multiple times, over the last year.

"We take it very seriously when we choose to enter a city," said JetBlue's Martin St. George, during a visit in January. "We're very, very happy with what we saw today."

An official announcement will come later today as Governor Deval Patrick, Lt. Governor Tim Murray, and other officials visit the area.

In August of last year, JetBlue CEO David Barger said, “My headline is, 'Worcester feels very JetBlue," Barger said. "We're going to take this back to our support center and our home offices as we take a look at our fleet schedule, our delivery plans and what makes sense for us."

City Manger Michael O'Brien shared Barger's positivity and implied that a forthcoming deal between the airport and JetBlue was only a matter of time.

"We feel confident in what we will be able to deliver," O'Brien said. "We're confident that JetBlue will be a success here in Worcester, and it's just a matter of time now to work out the details. I hope the next time we're gathered here we're inking a deal for the first steps of full service out of Worcester Regional by JetBlue."

The Worcester Airport has been without a commercial airline carrier since Direct Air abruptly canceled its flights and then subsequently filed bankruptcy.

 

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