Yesterday I e-mailed our airport liaison, Mr Niddrie, inquiring about actual numbers for Allegiant since inception. In response I was e-mailed that Allegiant does not want this information released. Ironic that the day of the 2nd community meeting (12 months later then originally scheduled) on the ORH Master Plan to present all sorts of data from various studies, that the numbers of people flying our one commercial carrier can not be released to the public. Even more ironic is that my mother (lives one mile from ORH) woke up at 2:30AM to catch the Worcester Limo for a flight out of Boston.
Despite the fact Allegiant does not want their numbers released, I heard on the television and read in the paper that Allegiant will have its 10,000 passenger today and Monday will be their 100th flight. Not knowing which flight today has the 10,000 passenger (SAN-ORH or ORH-SAN), it was either flight 93 or 94, lets for arguement's sake say it was the 93rd flight. That equates to 107.5, rounding up 108 people per flight, with a capacity of 150 that is a 72% load. if the plane capacity if 130 (thanks YNG) then the load factor is 83%.
I would think that in order for Allegiant to make money, with their fares/the price of fuel, flying between Sanford-Worcester, they would need to be in (at the least) the 80-90% range. If Allegiant does not make money, they will stop service. Maybe we should be thinking of ways to increase the loads for Allegiant to ensure that they stay in Worcester and we reach 20,000 passengers before targeting 375,000 passengers.
Here are the facts:
- this fiscal year ending June 30th, ORH costs the tax-payers of Worcester 1,000,00
- next fiscal year the percentage paid by MassPort drops from 85% to 68% and ORH will cost the tax-payers of Worcester 1,500,000 (guesstimate)
- 373 days from today the current operating agreement with MassPort ends
- Allegian, the one commercial carrier at ORH, has loads of approximately 80%
- ORH is on target for 20,000 passengers in 2006
Despite the fact the Telegram Editorial board feels that we are right on target, can we please