August 31, 2007
August 30, 2007
The mayor said there are 100 acres available for development between the airport and state turnpike exit that are owned by the city, state and Westover Metropolitan Development Corp. Although casino gambling is not legal in Massachusetts, there is a chance the governor will ask the Legislature to vote on the issue.
Maybe the RFP for the parcel of the land at ORH should have been for a casino operator??
August 29, 2007
Sell Worcester airport to casino investors
Sheldon Adelson, the sixth-richest person in the world, proposes to build a casino in Marlboro. Mohegan Sun, the third-largest casino in the world also proposes to build a casino in Palmer. Should either proposal go forward, they will need an airport to fly in their high rollers.
Enter the sale of Worcester Regional Airport to either group. Rather than wait until January to let Massport take over the airport for pennies on the dollar, sell the airport outright to either casino group for a potential eight-figure windfall into the city’s coffers. You now have laid the foundation for property tax relief for residents and businesses in Worcester and also save teaching, fire and police jobs.
August 28, 2007
- My public information request on the route analysis that have been done by the various consultants.
- The July minutes still are not posted
- Who was the one bidder on the parcel of land, some 4 months later
- Where is the Master Plan
The anonymous poster then accused me of deleting comments, so why should I be mad when my requests to our airport liaison are not honored?? Answer: The airport liaison is held to a different standard then me, it is called Massachusetts General Law (MGL)-- can you say Sunshine Week. There is no MGL that prohibits me from deleting any comments that I want to cancel since my blog is a private entity. Sorry, none of you saw this comment, I deleted it.
On the other end of the spectrum, I received a link to an article from Harry Tembenis. Harry, per usual great link. In the end, I am merely want to make ORH the airport that I know that it can be so that it can contribute to the City of Worcester's revenue stream, versus costing approximately $1,200,000 per year.
Anonymous posters, who I will continue to delete as I see fit, can accuse me of who knows what, but I feel the majority of people know nothing would make me happier then to be discussing a successful airport that contributes to the City of Worcester's bottom line, versus my continued unanswered questions.
August 27, 2007
I can easily see MassPort doing the same thing with ORH over ten years. Problem is that in ten years we will not have the cash to buy the airport back from MassPort.
August 25, 2007
All General Aviation activity and services remain available. Last year we had over 66,000 operations involving private, corporate and general aviation. We are continuing our Lobster give-a-way for pilots. Contact WiFi Accessable Swissport link on this site or call 508 755-5870. For more information see the "GENERAL AVIATION SERVICES" link on this web site.
Here is my question 66,000 operations? That averages out to 180 per day. I had no idea that ORH was that busy?
August 24, 2007
- No word from our airport liaison
- July and August Board Minutes still not on-line
- Status of negotiations with MassPort?
- ORH Master Plan?
- ORH not an issue in this election
Although we all have known that control of ORH will turned over to MassPort, via a long-term lease or sale. I am more convinced then ever that it will be done for pennies on the dollar. Good news is that ORH will become the airport that is should be, but the bad news is how much money will we have left on the table.
Bottom line is that we should have been doing a nationwide sale on ORH the past three years to ensure the highest possible return for the tax-payers. At his point, hemoragging money the way we are and the current City of Worcester financial condition, we are at the mercy of MassPort and whatever offer the make.
August 23, 2007
“If you watch one City Council meeting you realize right away that we have too many councilors,” Mr. Germain said. “Not only is it fiscally irresponsible to have the current number, it’s functionally impossible to get the needs of the city taken care of with so many people who have so many personal agendas.” Mr. Germain said Worcester Regional Airport has been a drain on the local government and, as a result, believes the city should pull out of the airport business. He said the travel needs of city residents are already being well taken care of by existing New England airports
August 22, 2007
And check out, it is pretty dam good:
and still no word from the airport liaison and the July minutes are still not posted.
August 21, 2007
August 19, 2007
August 18, 2007
From the Indianapolis Business Journal:
Cape Air might link Indy to Evansville, South Bend
Thu. August 16 - 2007
Massachusetts-based Cape Air has scheduled a meeting Aug. 20 in Indianapolis with airport officials from Evansville and South Bend to discuss starting commuter flights between the two cities and Indianapolis.An official of Evansville Regional Airport told the Evansville Courier & Press that the planes used by Cape Air, nine-passenger Cesna 402s, would be ideal.If round-trip flights can be launched in October or November, as hoped, the cost likely would average $100 to $150.Indianapolis-based Chautauqua Airlines operated flights between Evansville and Indianapolis on behalf of USAirways until the 2001 terrorist attacks hurt air travel.
August 17, 2007
August 16, 2007
August 15, 2007
The airport went from a passenger count of about 1,400 in 2002, when O'Brien started with the airport, to more than 230,000 this year, he said, with the name change occurring in phases through those years.
He expects to eclipse the 300,000 passenger count next year, but O'Brien said changing the name was only a small part of that."It starts first with convincing the airlines. When we're trying to sell them on RFD, they're staring at us like, 'You live in the shadow of the world's busiest airport and you've got no passenger service, what are you nuts?' " O'Brien said. "We said, 'I don't want you to start service to Rockford, Illinois, I want you to start service to Chicago-Rockford, a backdoor to 13.1 million people.' "
August 14, 2007
August 11, 2007
- St Petes
- Fort Lauderdale
August 10, 2007
Flash forward to August, 2007, no 20 Year Master Plan yet? As we are posed to make a huge decision on the future of ORH would it not make sense to have this 20 Master Plan in hand?
August 09, 2007
August 08, 2007
Still no word on my latest public records request from Airport Liaison Niddrie.
In all, 19,656 passengers passed through the airport in July. That was a 19% increase over the same period last year. And July marked the second straight month in which planes were more than 90% full.
Airport officials hope the strong showing will persuade airlines to increase their offerings in Rockford. In particular, officials are looking to Allegiant Air. Rockford is among the cities the airline is considering for expanded service to Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Total operating revenue was $88.9 million, a 49.1 percent increase over $59.7 million during the second three months of last year. "Both Las Vegas and Orlando were substantially stronger year over year, with Orlando's improvement significantly outpacing that of Las Vegas," said Michael Gallagher Jr., Allegiant chairman, CEO and president, in a statement.
August 06, 2007
Still no word from Airport Liaison Niddrie on my request.
August 03, 2007
Recently, however, I have asked for route analysis reports that have been prepared by our consultants. In fact I feel that these should be placed right on the City of Worcester Official Airport website so potential airlines can see them. Although it has been more then 10 days, I have yet to hear anything .
August 02, 2007
Although Vegas and Phoenix would have have been viable options out of ORH with the Allegiant fleet, ORH could have potentially had three Flroida destinations if Allegiant had stayed.