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JetBlue Has No Faith In ORH-JFK Route: Can't Blame Them




This posted started when Tim MacDonald noticed Cape Air would be flying to JetBlue terminal at JFK, where you could then connect to other JetBlue flights. Very similar to our service with JetBlue to JFK, but with Cape Air. Click here for column.

Tim wondered why we could not approach Cape Air again and maybe add some flights out of Worcester to JFK that would compliment the one JetBlue flight to JFK. Good question, but I then received several e-mails from our sources best summed up by these two comments on our blog.

Tim, using 9 seat airplanes is not and should not be what these airlines turn to to correct a pathetic market. JetBlue is clearly sitting on a slot with this Cape Air ACK-JFK flight. As others mentioned above, this service is basically saying that JetBlue is better off using a VALUABLE slot during the middle of the day on a 9 seat aircraft than another flight to JFK. What I’m saying is that this JFK flight with ORH is clearly doomed only 4 months after it has commenced. Time to start a ORH-RSW route on JetBlue in time for the WooSox to fly down to spring training in Ft. Myers.

Hey Tim! Good question........ As Shane told you - JetBlue sent a pretty clear message today. A 9 seat aircraft once a day is more valuable than improving anything in and out of Worcester.

Bottom line is that slots are very valuable at Kennedy. To see a slot going to a 9 seat Cape Air flight Nantucket-JFK, versus adding a 2nd JFK flight for ORH, shows that there is not much faith in the ORH-JFK route. Guess you can not blame them with the current loads (around 40%) on the ORH-JFK route, that are dropping each month.

Five weeks from today, American starts their two flights daily to Philadelphia. Can not emphasize enough how important that we need to make sure that these flights are a success. If American can have success with these two flights, maybe it will convince JetBlue to add a second flight JFK flight??


FOOTNOTE Our questions that we sent to the Airport Director go unanswered.




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Common Sense

commented on 2018-08-30 12:00:28

The failure of the JB folks to add a second flight to the ORH route (or do whatever it takes to make this route a go) means either: 1) The management at JB are a bunch of dopes who don't know how to run an airline (not likely). 2) JB started service here just to placate Massport and they don't have any intention of being here for the long-term (more likely). Either way it doesn't bode well for this service. Maybe it's time for our business community to step up and maybe fund a private, targeted marketing campaign. If you could get our colleges to kick in $5,000 each and each Chamber of Commerce member to kick in $500 to $1,000 each you could probably raise $250,000 for a marketing blitz. That could turn the JFK flight around and help get the new AA flights off to a good start. The business community stepped up big time to lure the Pawsox here. I think Polar alone paid seven figures for the naming rights. I would argue that a thriving airport would have more of an economic impact than a seasonal stadium. The time for action is now!!!

Isaac

commented on 2018-08-30 12:28:50

I think a single flight that is constantly cancelled/delayed is just not appealing to the majority of people (and the vast majority of business people). Now, if the AA flights fail....that is going to be a different story.

FlyORH

commented on 2018-08-30 12:41:48

Got to say comments from our followers have been excellent.

Big Irish Guy

commented on 2018-08-30 17:12:13

First , can I clear a few tings up? Cape Air is an independent airline, and as it code shares with B6, United AA and Delta, among others, they do not dictate where or when they fly. This is an experiment by the company to study the economics of flying to JFK as opposed to Boston to connect with its partners. Nothing to do with Worcester.

FlyORH

commented on 2018-08-30 17:18:08

"Big Irish Guy" our point was that JetBlue gave up a valuable slot at JFK for Cape Air to, as as you say experiment, versus giving a 2nd JFK flight to ORH to save this route which is collapsing. Do not understand how you do see how this decision shows JetBlue is not happy with the results on this route to date?

Dylan

commented on 2018-08-30 17:34:10

JetBlue experimenting with a 9-seat airplane they don’t even own in a prime midday slot versus a 100-seat airplane at Worcester isn’t any better. That is our point, I’m still not sure what yours is. This is way more likely slot-sitting than expiremental.

Dan N

commented on 2018-08-30 17:47:31

I feel that marketing is an isssue but the biggest reason people are not utilizing ORH, is the airport is not accessible from your Major interstates like 290, 90, and 395. Weren’t they at one time talking about building a connector from 290 to the airport? That didn’t get any community support. You look at how easy it is to get in and out of MHT and PVD from the major highways but with ORH it can take about 20 minutes to drive through the city. Can you imagine how easy it would be to get to the airport with a speed limIit around 45 to 55 mph without having to stop at a traffic light. I believe accessibility was the reason ORH didn’t get Southwest about 10 years ago.

Dan N

commented on 2018-08-30 17:47:32

I feel that marketing is an isssue but the biggest reason people are not utilizing ORH, is the airport is not accessible from your Major interstates like 290, 90, and 395. Weren’t they at one time talking about building a connector from 290 to the airport? That didn’t get any community support. You look at how easy it is to get in and out of MHT and PVD from the major highways but with ORH it can take about 20 minutes to drive through the city. Can you imagine how easy it would be to get to the airport with a speed limIit around 45 to 55 mph without having to stop at a traffic light. I believe accessibility was the reason ORH didn’t get Southwest about 10 years ago.

Business Traveller

commented on 2018-08-30 18:03:51

The flailing of the ORH to JFK flight is not the lack of an airport connector road. It is the lack of reliability of the flight. If I can't get to my destination, or get home (my experience of having to divert to BOS 3 times is evidence). My flight out left at 6 am and the return is after midnight. There is NO traffic. And now everyone has a smartphone with a free GPS app. You can't get lost finding the airport

FlyORH

commented on 2018-08-30 18:43:38

Dan N, the 10 plus years we have covered Worcester Airport we have never had one compliant about access!! Seriously not one. I can tell you 100 other complains like this week-end a traveler was upset that the snack bar did not accept AmEx! His point as a business traveler was that every airport he has ever been to accepts AmEx? In the case of JetBlue to JFK not one person has every complained about road access. The last thing we need to Worcester Airport is an access road.

FlyORH

commented on 2018-08-30 18:44:59

Business Traveler, thank you!! The road access always amazes us especially when nobody ever complains about it???

Common Sense

commented on 2018-08-30 20:27:52

The access road they proposed would have gone through two residential neighborhoods, a public school and a public park. The airport was doing over 400,000 passengers a year in 1989 without an access road. Even if there was a chance you could get ORH to its maximum capacity (750,000 a year) the current road system could handle that.

CMass Traveler

commented on 2018-08-31 15:25:46

There’s no sugar coating it the service itself for JFK blows. Seriously think about it what kind of traveler is interested in the current route? The only one I can think of exclusively is connecting travelers. There sure as hell isnt anyone from New York on this plane either with that schedule. Just awful all around.

FlyORH

commented on 2018-08-31 17:07:00

CMASS Traveler, we have to agree with you....

Jim

commented on 2018-10-01 06:26:05

The flight is not the problem it is the extended layover in NY that changed my fights. My father lives in Worcester and flies to Boyton Beach area. He wants to fly into West Palm because it’s a close ride to Boyton. But the 7 hour layover is a no no for him!





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