Response to Boston Globe’s editorial to privatize ORH

For many many years, I said time and time again when the City of Worcester owned the airport to privatize the airport like Stewart International in Newburgh, NY, did when they signed a 99 year lease with National Express in 2000.  Not only have I said to privatize ORH but:

  • privatize the golf course
  • privatize the DCU
  • privatize Union Station
  • privatize the parking garages

Just to prove my point check out my old blog and search the word “privatize”.   Better yet this blog from April 2, 2006 titled “Sell ORH” which began:

That’s right sell ORH… As one of the biggest fans of ORH, I have always seen and still see the untapped potential in ORH. Over the past two years trying to deal with the current management structure, I have come to realize the City of Worcester has no business being in the airport management business.

Last week the Boston Globe, almost ten years later, came to the same opinion.

Ten years ago, I would have agreed with this opinion, but not today.  Alot has changed since I wrote this blog:

  1. JetBlue has daily flights to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale
  2. Massport has taken ownership of the airport
  3. Swissport has been replaced by Rectrix
  4. Andy Davis is the new Airport Director
  5. New FBO Facility
  6. New Fire Station
  7. Many improvements to runway
  8. Cat III with a cost in excess of 30 million will be installed and operating next year

A real estate analogy may be appropriate here.  If you bought a fixer upper. you do not try to sell it while you are still fixing it up???    All the steps and moves are in place to make ORH a valuable asset to the tax-payers of Massachusetts, we need time to see the return on these investments.

Ten years from now my position may revert to how I felt in the past and agree with the current Boston Globe editorial, but today is not the time to consider this as an option.   Worcester Airport is finally on the right track after years and years of mismanagement when owned by the City of Worcester.

1 Comment

  1. Tony Evangelous's Gravatar Tony Evangelous
    March 26, 2016    

    I love this airport. More flights and at least another good airline or two is needed.

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