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Either of these airlines to Florida, better then one Delta to Detroit

This column hurts. Here are the roster of flights from Portsmouth:

1) Allegiant daily to Punta
2) Allegiant 3/4 times per week to Sanford
3) Allegaint 2 times per week to Myrtle Beach
4) Frontier 3 times per week to Orlando
5) Allegiant 2 times per week to Savannah in June

How is Portsmouth Airport doing??? "Brean estimated by the end of the month (February) there will be about 7,000 commercial enplanements at Pease, compared to 4,269 in 2018."

Direct leisure destination like these is exactly what needs to be added at Worcester Airport, not a third single daily flight to a hub legacy carrier when the other two are already struggling.

SIDENOTE We would e-mail our Airport Director to ask him how many emplanements we had in January and February, but he does not respond to our questions since we are not the "real media". We estimate, however, our emplanements to be about the same.

Now for some other tidbits:

"Allegiant now flies all Airbus A320s out of the former Air Force Base"

How many times have we said JetBlue should change their Florida flights to depart n the morning and bring in the A320s.

"We anticipate Frontier will be adding flights, we'll expect they'll be looking at adding flights to Cincinnati and Denver"

Frontier is the perfect airline, along with Allegiant, for Worcester.

"The key to the airport's success , Mullen said, continues to be the low cost, non-stop flights people can get at Pease, along with is "ease of access"

Exactly what are the most succesful flights are in Worcester right now!! Direct flights to leisure destinations (Orlando and Fort Lauderdale)!

"The airport started charging $7 a day"

Wonder how they came up with $7.

"He hopes that sometime in the next two to five yers, Pease will lure an international carrier to Portsmouth Airport."

Maybe we can not lure an international carrier here, but JetBlue will be starting service to London and Amsterdam next month (our prediction) in Boston, which may cause Boston to move more flights to Worcester. We hope so!

When you read how an airport like Portsmouth is having success, what do you think would be a better flight addition here for Worcester Airport?

a) Direct flight by Delta to Fort Myers (Gulf Coast), South Carolina or Puerto Rico.
b) Allegiant to Punta Gorda or Myrtle Beach
c) Frontier to one of their Florida destinations
d) One Delat flight per day to their hub in Detroit

We feel the answer is either a), b) or c), but our plan is d)?

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Common Sense

commented on 2019-03-26 17:39:48

Guys, I can't see any other airline testing the waters here right now. I'm sure Frontier, Alligent and the other low cost carriers have taken a close look at ORH and determined it's not something they want to get involved with. Usually in business if there is some untapped need that could make them money, they'll jump at the chance to do business with you. I think some of these airlines see ORH as redundant because we got four major airports with a one hour's drive. Mr. Davis must have some dirt on a higher up at Massport. I don't understand why such an incompetent keeps his job. I emailed him last year about a missing airport sign on Goddard Drive. It took him six months to get it fixed (after I emailed him three more times).


commented on 2019-03-27 05:34:34

Worcester Airport fits perfectly when you look at the airports Frontier and Allegiant target. They have started service in Portsmouth and have had success, they should surely take a close look at Worcester.


commented on 2019-03-27 05:34:35

Worcester Airport fits perfectly when you look at the airports Frontier and Allegiant target. They have started service in Portsmouth and have had success, they should surely take a close look at Worcester.


commented on 2019-03-27 06:17:30

One word: Access. You don't have to drive through City streets to get there Worcester Airport will never realize its potential until it has an access road.

Martin McGovern

commented on 2019-03-27 08:16:05

get allegent to fly out of Worcester asap to punta gorda fort myers

Common Sense

commented on 2019-03-27 10:58:53

Access is not an issue anymore. Pretty much everyone has GPS and the current road system is more than adequate to handle any airport traffic. I was curious about drive times to ORH. I drove from my dentist (Rt. 9 in Shrewsbury) to the airport terminal. It took me 27 minutes. I don't think an access road would have made much of a difference. I would agree that the signage needs to be improved. The sign at the Newton Sq. rotary was bent back on Monday. I really couldn't see it until I was half through the rotary. As far as Frontier, airlines have limited assets (planes, pilots and gates). They will deploy these assets in a way to maximize profits. I'm sure the brass at Frontier crunched the numbers by now. They decided ORH wasn't the best destination to use those assets


commented on 2019-03-27 14:53:38

I don’t buy the access roads. Hasn’t been an issue for people emailing the blog with experiences. GPS has provided an array of routes to ORH that are 5-10 minutes off the highways most days. The only consistent complaints have been the schedule for all carriers now that American is dumping the overnight flight.


commented on 2019-03-27 17:17:46

The acccess road arguement is the stupidest arguement ever. Drive to Logan tomorrow afternoon and tell me about "ACCESS"?

Mike P

commented on 2019-03-27 18:00:35

Allegiant WAS here about 11 years ago, and left ORH hanging after ~9 months running twice weekly to Orlando-Sanford and with loads of 85 to 90 percent. and they STILL left.


commented on 2019-03-27 18:54:44

Mike, they were there to make a quick buck which is why the city was so pissed when they left. Last flight was the day the incentives expired. That was over a decade ago and Allegiant’s route map has almost tripled since then. Times have changed, there’s new management on both sides. They pulled out of Portsmouth for a while and now they’re a significant presence with daily flights.


commented on 2019-03-27 19:47:13

Mike 11 years ago, the airport was owned by the City of Worcester not Massport. 11 years ago, ORH did not have CAT III 11 years ago, ORH did not have JB flying daily direct to FLL & ORH 11 years ago, despite all of this loads were over 80% 11 years ago, BTW was 11 years ago


commented on 2019-03-28 05:14:35

We used to fly from ORH to West Palm Beach on Direct Air pretty frequently. Those flights were always full, maybe a random empty seat or two here and there, but my recollection is that the flights were extremely popular. It would seem to be a no brainer that the airport should be marketed for leisure destinations.


commented on 2019-03-28 09:33:33

It really is a no brainer which is why it’s mind blowing we don’t have a flight to the gulf coast or another Florida destination by now. This crap to hubs isn’t and will never work in this setup.


commented on 2019-03-28 17:58:03

Much like ORH Fan, I flew on Direct Air somewhat regularly as well (ok, couple time a year) but to Orlando Sanford. But just like his flights to West Palm, my flights to Orlando Sanford were always filled too. In fact, I was scheduled for a flight about 6 weeks before they ceased operations. Fortunately, I got my money back but not a lot of people did. But that's another story for another day.


commented on 2019-03-31 21:27:16

Just to clarify, by "regularly", I meant 4 to 5 times per year. The Direct Air flights were full or close to it as far as I remember. I had a cousin who was using Direct Air to get to and from Florida 3 or 4 times a month at one point. The planes weren't the fanciest but I think it proved that if you give the people what they want they will support it.


commented on 2019-04-03 12:16:24

The flights were definitely full. One reliable person we talked to mentioned that ORH was the only city that Direct Air consistently filled planes to. Allegiant has a similar schedule and offerings as Direct Air with much more of a brand name. Seems like another no-brainer. Don't forget Allegiant flies A320s which would be completely reliable with the CAT III landing system.

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