Worcester To Europe?
Whoever would have thought Norwegian Airline would be flying out Stewart?? Check out this column today in the Wall Street Journal .
Bottom line JetBlue will be flying to Europe in 2019.
Why not Worcester Airport!!!
Check out this column Cranky Flier on how how many people flying Air Portugal out of Boston start with JetBlue.
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commented on 2018-06-06 17:12:09
commented on 2018-06-06 20:01:45
1) runway is way too short 2) flights to Florida are empty let alone Europe 3) No customs infrastructure at Worcester and would likely cost millions to implement ...shall I go on?
commented on 2018-06-06 20:17:23
Stewart Newburgh, NY, similar sized airport. Similar market. And their A321 could probably do it. 11/29 is the same length as LaGuardia. Customs might not be unfeasable...?
commented on 2018-06-06 20:18:21
Because Worcester doesn't not have the space/funding to support the additional measures needed for international flight
commented on 2018-06-06 20:24:16
I don't see the market at the moment. ORH is still trying to grow and we don't know if it will be successful. Besides the additional costs needed to operate a international flight, the market around us is starting to get saturated with both Providence and Hartford now offering some international flights.
commented on 2018-06-06 20:27:20
Stewart is the name of the airport in Newburgh, NY, that reminds me of Worcester. Both are secondary cities owned by a larger Port Authority that also owns larger/primary airports. The port authority that controls Stewart is rebranding it as the "international airport" bringing in airlines like Norwegian. We think Massport could do the same here with, for example, JetBlue. Now there will always be people, like Joey B, who will say why it can never work. Worcester has the space/potential to overcome any excuse Joey B. Again we ask, why not Worcester Aiport?
commented on 2018-06-06 20:29:47
Matt: This is not a short-term goal but a long-term goal. Considering JetBlue's goal to fly to Europe is more of a long-term goal, maybe we should take the steps here now to position ourselves as a realistic option for JetBlue, if they do in fact decide to fly to Europe. Thanks
commented on 2018-06-06 20:59:32
It’s never going to happen. You realize that if you extend the runway you have to redo every bit of the 32 million dollar landing system? Plus the customs facility...can’t even believe we are having this conversation while we can’t even get people to NYC out of Worcester right now. JetBlue is going to want people connecting in Boston to Europe that’s what booming traffic there right now, there is zero logic in Worcester entertaining international service especially with 70 percent loads. Let’s get better service domestically before we play with ridiculous ideas like this
commented on 2018-06-07 02:45:37
Funny comments. Joey D ten years ago you would be saying there is no way JetBlue will ever come to Worcester and have daily flights to NYCO, MCO, FLL. You also would have said no way we would have two American flights to Philadelphia and now way would we be owned by Massport and have CAT III. Should I go on? As we see a company like JetBlue looking to fly to Europe, according to Joey D, we should do nothing. We think otherwise. Joey D, do realize how much money Massport makes each year? Do you realize there is basically not much room to expand in Boston???
commented on 2018-06-08 10:54:09
Not sure how or why Worcester would be considered for such service when it is blantantly obvious that JetBlue will be flying to Europe out of Boston and JFK. Worcester doesn't have an CBP FIS facility and the runway is too short for flights to Europe on a A321, just for starters.
commented on 2018-06-06 21:51:03
All we know now is that after five years JetBlue can fill enough seats with two daily "direct" flights a day to Florida. No evidence that people want to fly from Worcester to hubs to connect to other areas of the country. I suspect that the AA flights will fail just like similar service did in the late 80's. That was before the big dig when it took over two hours to get to Logan. Also T,F Green, Bradley and Manchester were must less active back then. Sorry to say, but after all is said and done ORH is going to end up with just the two FL flights.
commented on 2018-06-06 22:42:55
Have taken Norwegian Air direct non stop to UK only way I will go from now on. So nice to have no stop overs.
commented on 2018-06-07 00:20:36
You answered your own question with Air Portugal - these routes rely on connectors, especially JetBlue which has already said their only interest in Europe is flying from their large hubs to secondary markets overseas, which obviously ORH has none. The amount of upgrades Worcester would need to do for a service that, lets face it, isn't exactly destined for success make this a pipe dream to say the least. A321s are notoriously underpowered which is why so many airlines are waiting for a replacement 757. If there's one aircraft that definitely needs over 7000 feet for such a long route its the A321. Ever notice all of LaGuardia's flights don't go over 1500 miles? Excited for these upcoming connector routes. Europe is already at our door. If ORH is going to succeed these routes are critical and all emphasis should be put on getting passengers on these flights. JFK is bombing right now that should be a major point of concern.