JetBlue announces its 80th City: Worcester, Massachusetts
Daily service to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando take flight November 7, 2013.
NEW YORK - JetBlue Airways announces the newest addition to its growing network, Worcester, Massachusetts. Service to the airline's 80th city will take flight on Thursday, November 7, 2013 with daily service to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida.
"The enthusiasm of the Worcester community and the warm reception with which we've been met has been tremendous," said Dave Barger, JetBlue's President and CEO. "The addition of Worcester to our growing network speaks to our commitment to serve the great people of New England and we look forward to a long relationship with the city of Worcester and to future growth in this region."
"I am proud to welcome JetBlue to Worcester, and thank the Lieutenant Governor, our partners in Worcester and at Massport for helping to make this happen," said Governor Deval Patrick. "Airports and airlines grow jobs and spur economic opportunity in our cities. This is a good day for the Commonwealth and for central Massachusetts."
"Central Massachusetts and the Commonwealth are thrilled to welcome JetBlue to Worcester Regional Airport," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "It has been a pleasure working with Dave Barger and his team over the last year to not only highlight the many assets this region and the airport have to offer but also engage them with the business community and residents. We look forward to launching service in November and continuing a strong working relationship with JetBlue."
"JetBlue's commitment to the Worcester market demonstrates that Worcester Regional Airport is a wise investment that can and will be a vibrant facility for years to come," said Congressman Jim McGovern. "This announcement is good for JetBlue, it's good for the Worcester region, and it's good for the Commonwealth."
JetBlue's Presence in New England
JetBlue's focus on growing service in the New England region is testament to the support of its communities. Serving the most destinations in the history of Boston's Logan, JetBlue offers more than 100 daily flights to 49 nonstop destinations throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America, and plans to increase service to 150 flights over the next two years.
In the past year alone, JetBlue has been proud to invest in New England with a new maintenance hangar at Logan International Airport, the launch of service from Providence, Rhode Island with daily flights to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando and new nonstop service from Boston to:
- Charleston, SC
- Dallas, TX
- Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
- Houston, TX set to begin on July 25, 2013
- Nantucket, MA
- Philadelphia, PA set to begin on May 23, 2013
With the addition of Worcester to the airline's growing route map, JetBlue will serve eight cities in the New England region, including:
"The Massachusetts Port Authority, working with the Patrick-Murray Administration, is committed to giving travel options to residents,"
- Boston, MA (BOS)
- Burlington, VT (BTV)
- Hartford, CT (BDL)
- Martha's Vineyard, MA (MVY) *seasonal
- Nantucket, MA (ACK) *seasonal
- Portland, ME (PWM)
- Providence, RI (PVD)
- Worcester, MA (ORH)
said Transportation Secretary Richard A. Davey
, who chairs the Massport Board. "This new service will provide the best alternative for residents of the I-495 corridor and west heading to Florida, as well as the most direct way for Floridians to enjoy all the heart of this state has to offer. Like Central Massachusetts itself, this airport is on the move.""Massport means business in Worcester and we believe Worcester Regional Airport is an important asset that must be maintained as a commercial airport to provide Central Massachusetts with easy, convenient and safe access to the national airspace system,"
said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn
. "Massport has worked closely with our Worcester partners to bring JetBlue here and to encourage corporate and general aviation – and the jobs these businesses create – to the heart of New England.""It's always exciting to welcome a new airline and today's announcement is especially satisfying because the community came together and rallied behind this effort,"
said Massport's Aviation Director Edward C. Freni
. "JetBlue's decision to come to Worcester adds a vote of confidence about the future that awaits this airport and air service in Central Massachusetts."
JetBlue's flights from Worcester will be operated with its 100-seat Embraer E190 fleet complete with award-winning service; convenient, assigned, comfy leather seating (with no middle seat); a first-checked bag free (b); more than 140 channels of complimentary live television and radio on personal seatback screens (c); and more legroom than any other carrier in coach (d). The airline, well-known for its superior and personable customer service, also offers a free and unlimited assortment of name brand snacks and drinks for the ride.