September 30, 2008
One way to do this is to offer free parking, or a minimum charge of $2 a day, just to pay for security. Wouldn’t the half million people who live within 25 miles of the Worcester Regional Airport rather pay $2 than $20 to $30 a day in Boston, or $10 to $15 a day in Providence or Hartford? We have the space, let’s open it up to attract people and in turn attract more airlines. In the future, when we have four, five or six airlines fighting to come here, then we can talk about parking fees.
Let’s be sensible, and give the public a reason to come here, rather than go to some other airport.
RAYMOND A. LEVINE Worcester
September 29, 2008
September 28, 2008
Spoke with a rep from the airport who appeared reluctant to collect and make available to us the materials and data we had requested. He indicated that everything we were looking to review would be contained in the master plan update. He asked me to refer to their web site to gain access to the master plan files which were recently posted in final draft. We are looking at the numbers now. Will let you how we'd like to proceed.John
Sent wirelessly via BlackBerry from T-Mobile.
From: Bill Randell
Just checking in to see if you ever got the information from our airport and did you guys see any potential?Bill
Thanks Paulie for being such a great host:
- Great getting to meet many of you "silly' bloggers
- pictures on Jeff's website
- Great food
- Great Music
- Special guest appearance by Dwight Evans (pictured above with Casey Jones)
- Not one single pol
- Mike Allard Madaus was great on the drums
- No Robert Z Nemeth?
Again thanks Paul.
September 26, 2008
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September 24, 2008
- the 18,000 of fees would be waived
- sidewalks would be paid
- they would most likely get at least 100,000 in grants
- if they could still not sell the property, they would get even more grants
Then when the project was done, the occupants of the said building would have to be low to moderate income. Just what we need, more low to moderate income property owners.
Remember in the event these new low to moderate property owners default during the "affordability" period and a non-low to moderate income person becomes the owner, the City is on the hook for the HOME funds.
Bottom line, we are actually driving private developers out of the City of Worcester while encouraging the development of more low to mod income housing, that we do not need, while tying the City of Worcester into the risk if the "affordabilty" period is violated.
When will will learn that the recommendations of RKG in the 100,000 study from 5 years ago was correct? In the end, we wonder why there is not more private development monies invested in Worcester?
September 23, 2008
- water hook-up fees
- sewer hook-up fees
- permits for building, electrical and plumbing
- grind and overlay of the street where you dig the trenches
- sidewalk repairs
How can a private developer compete against a CDC, that not only avoids these outlays, but also gets grant monies that do not have to be repaid back? The simple answer is that they can not and they invest their monies elsewhere.
Paulie'sNOLA Blues & Jazz Festival
September 27, 2008
rain or shine-
Nothing but great press lately:
September 22, 2008
Private developers do not have the luxury of approaching the city and asking that their projects be subsidized by the taxpayers of Worcester and then having the city rubber stamp their repeated requests for more subsidies. WGC is already the recipient of taxpayer largese from both the federal, state, and city governments to fund their continual dense overbuilding of low income housing projects in Worcester. Additionally, their city building permit fees and their sewer and water connection fees are routinely waived upon request, per legislation passed by the council. This represents ten of thousands of dollars that Worcester taxpayers must subsidize.
How does the subcommittee justify this to taxpayers who have been on waiting lists for years to have their sidewalks (or their streets) repaired/repaved?
Councilor Paul Clancy
Councilor Michael Germain
Councilor Philip Palmieri
City of Worcester/Public Works Committee
City Hall 455 Main Street
Worcester, Ma 01608
The members of the Chandler Business Association would like to express their dissatisfaction with the recent request of Worcester Common Ground, Inc., for sidewalk repair in the vicinity of 9 May Street and 1 Silver Street, in conjunction with the restoration of the former Hammond Reed Organ Factory. The current deteriated state of the sidewalk in this area was a result of normal construction equipment traffic in the process of developing this project. Therefore, it is our belief that, the developer should be held financially responsible for any improvements they deem necessary to bring the sidewalks into an acceptable condition, and not the taxpayers of our city. Also, how is it that this project received approval ahead of many previously submitted requests for sidewalk improvement?
We would ask that you review your decision to approve this request and hold this developer accountable, as would be expected of any other private developer.
Chandler Business Association – Board members
cc: City council
September 21, 2008
September 20, 2008
September 19, 2008
As of September 19, 2008, DayJet Services, LLC, has discontinued its jet services and cancelled all future flights as a result of the company’s inability to arrange critical financing in the midst of the current global financial crisis.
We regret the disruption and hardship caused by the sudden shutdown of DayJet services to our customers, employees, DayPort communities, suppliers and stockholders. Unfortunately, DayJet is unable to honor customer reservations or issue refunds.
September 18, 2008
September 17, 2008
September 16, 2008
September 14, 2008
- "there was no leaks". Patting myself on the back, I knew that an announcement was eminent, most likely in September for the busy winter season. I even instituted the a "no airport" discussion in August to not be blamed if an airline does not come. Although I thought it was Casino Direct, I predicted Myrtle Beach Direct the day before the announcement. Not bad for a "silly blogger".
- "good formula"? The CEO's, Judy Tull, most recent public charter was Hooters, which was the same exact formula to lease planes and service secondary airports with direct leisure flights as Direct Air. It failed.
- "good track history" of Direct Air? What happened at St Pete's?
- "no pricey consultants.". We spent over $100,000 of our Small Community Air Service Grant to recruit and retain an airline on IMG, we did not even use them for Direct Air? Maybe we should have spent that $100,000 on Allegiant, when we had them to keep them.
- Company desribed as "profitable"? Not sure how the finances of any private company can be described as "profitable" or "non-profitable".
- "Mickey Mouse Air". You got to be kiddin me Allegiant is in fact a "profitable" company and surely are not a "Mickey Mouse Airline".
Although I am happy to have Direct Air and hope it leads to other announcements, this public charter concerns me. Most likely they do not have alot of cash to whether any bumps in business and I am concerned that their aggressive expansion plans may be too much to handle. Lastly Punta Gorda is no Sanford or for that matter a St Pete's.
- tax collections need to be slow from all the foreclosures
- ever increasing non-profit tax base
- next assessment will surely have much much lower assessed values
- the airport amongst other issues
- sewer madates
- the beattle
What really is starting to worry me is the Commonwealth's finances and our reliance on local aid. I am quite familiar with the new health reform legislation and I know it is costing much much more then expected and the increase tax on cigarettes is not filling the gap. Throw in the slowing Massachusetts economy and the cost of the big dig, I am expecting a the announcement of a big deficit after the elections of course thus a cut in our local aid.
September 13, 2008
HYANNIS, Mass., Sept 11, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Albany, New York is the newest hub for Cape Air, the New England based regional airline, now offering three daily non-stop flights between the state capital and the three communities of Massena, Ogdensburg and Watertown. "All of us at Cape Air are excited to introduce non-stop, convenient and affordable air service to upstate New York and southern Ontario," said Cape Air President Dan Wolf. "With Albany International Airport's direct air service to over a dozen cities Cape Air can provide easy access to the national air transportation network for Massena, Ogdensburg, Watertown and surrounding communities including Kingston, Brockville and Cornwall. We are also looking forward to introducing Cape Air's MOCHA HAGoTDI* brand of service to the area."
September 12, 2008
BOSTON— Management changes are in the air at Worcester Regional Airport today as the current airport manager is leaving the post he has held since 1999 to take a new Massachusetts Port Authority job at Logan International Airport, which will trigger the start of a search for a new airport manager. MassPort spokesman Matthew Brelis confirmed today that Eric N. Waldron, who came to Worcester from Cleveland where he was assistant director of Hopkins Airport, is leaving the Worcester airport job to join the aviation team that manages Logan airport operations. MassPort is expected to begin a search for a new director with the aim of filling the post sometime in the next few months.
It will be the first time the job will be filled by MassPort, since it assumed operation of the airport after Mr. Waldron was hired by former Worcester City Manager Thomas R. Hoover. The change at the top comes as MassPort is raising expectations for expanded operations at the underused regional airport and on the heels of the recent announcement that Direct Air wants to bring regularly scheduled passenger service back to the airport.
September 11, 2008
In other words, although we should do everything we can do to make Direct Air a success, we need to pursue Plans B and C now, not later as we wait for additional studies??
Plan B: Find out how much we would save if we downgraded to only General Aviation. Based on that number, decide if we should downgrade or not.
Plan C: Put an RFP to long-term lease or outright sell ORH. We should be grateful to MassPort, but if they are not willing to take control due to access, guess what? An access road is not coming anytime soon. There are airport management companies and god knows who else that may in fact be interested in ORH. No different then the management company that runs another city owned asset, the DCU Centre.
Then eventually Plan D.
Plan D: If Plan B and Plan C do not work, we can not afford to lose $2,000,000 per year to have Direct Air to fly out of ORH and would need to close ORH and have our local delegations make efforts to waive repayment of past grants given for the airport.
On the web page, "our aircraft" still says JetBlue. This is incorrect.
September 10, 2008
Then I read this in Aero-News
The Boston Herald reports Massport agreed to waive all landing, jet bridge and terminal fees for Direct Air for two years, to help the upstart service establish a foothold in the market. The city of Worcester and Massport will also kick in up to $300,000 in federal grant money to promote the carrier's service to Florida.
Remember this was the the 450,000 grant that we got from the DOT 4 years ago that we were suppose to spend in 3 years. Last September we got an extension for one year and now it looks like the 300,000 remaining will be spent of Direct Air.
Lets hope the airport commission 1) reviews all monies planned to be spent on marketing efforts and 2) reviews paid invoices and reimbures Direct Air versus writing a check for the remaining funds to Direct Air.
12/5 2,350 1,112.91 1,237.09
1/6 3,770 1,196.00 2,574.00
2/6 7,715 2,394,.05 5,350.95
3/6 13,006 3,411.25 9,594.75
4/6 11,879 3,164.70 8,714.30
5/6 6,945 3,124.52 3,820.48
6/6 7,308 2,841.46 4,466.54
7/6 7,217 2,848.04 4,368.96
Totals:Gross Receipts: 60,197
Gross Expenses: 21,092.93
Net Revenues to ORH 40,097.07
Over 8 months approximately $5,000 per month was netted. This is not an insignificant amount, but pales in comparison to a $2,000,000 per year loss. The question that needs to be asked now is:
Is it worth $5,000 per month to advertise FREE PARKING, like other successful secondary airports around the country, to convince people to fly out of ORH?
I think the answer is "yes".
September 09, 2008
The website has been changed and when you book a ticket Worcester is now spelled right. Now it is spelled wrong at the top. Evidently another "information technology issue" along with the route map.
Click here for the story.
September 08, 2008
September 07, 2008
- under about us, it says JetBlue--they forgot to change it
- currently they are only flying to Myrtle Beach from 4 locations (Pittsburgh, Newark, Plattsburgh and Columbus).
- currently not flying any planes to Florida
- Worcester still spelled Worchester
- flight map not updated
- special offers--Florida not even mentioned as a destination
- News releases, nothing about Worcester
You see Direct Air, formerly Myrtle Beach Direct Air, really is not an airline but a public charter. Typically they do not have alot of money and they just put all the pieces together and really do not own anything:
- lease the planes and crew
- rent the call center
- utilize the FBO or the airport at the originating city and destination city to do all the processing of passengers and baggage
Why couldn't the airport powers to be have done this themselves? Could fit well into all the various programs we have Destination Worcester, Choose Worcester, Buy Worcester--Worcester Airlines...
- The Council needs to ask for a report immediately to find out how much would be saved if we downgrade to GA and request to have it by the end of October. That is Plan B.
- The Council needs to request that an RFP be put together to outright sell or long-term lease the entire airport and request it back to them by November and have it out on the streets by December with a return date of March. Obviously MassPort would get one of the RFP's and they need to reveal their cards once and for all. Anyone who reads this blog knows that I feel we owe a huge debt of gratitude towards MassPort, but they need to either pull the trigger on ORH or not. Waiting for another report like Mr Nemeth suggested is ridiculous. That is Plan C.
- If there is not a huge savings in Plan B and nobody responds to Plan C then we need to proceed with Plan D--close ORH.
Maybe someone could even ask what Avports had to say after we mailed them the information that they requested.
September 06, 2008
Second, sorry, but I have concerns about Direct Air:
- Why did they change name from Myrtle Beach Direct Air to Direct Air?
- Why did they recently drop, what I think would be popular destinations, like St Pete's and Biloxi? Why?
- Changed from JetBlue to Virgin America, why?
- Yesterday's website was totally unprepared. It was not until 9:00AM that the site was changed from Myrtle Beach to Direct Air and, from what I could tell, you could not even make reservations on-line to Punta Gorda until 5:00PM. Hardly the preparation one would think would be in place with their major announcement.
- They had to call in more operators to their telephone center. Maybe if the website was running, less people would have called, or better yet over-staff the telephone center when you make a major annoucement.
Maybe I am being too difficult, but it just does not show alot of preperation? Sorry...
September 05, 2008
It does not go to Myrtle Beach Direct anymore, but goes to pretty much the same sight, the same phone numbers but is now lists Virgina America, not JetBlue, and now calls itself Direct Air. Why did they change names? As a businessman, any time someone changes names, it sends up red flags to me. Do they owe people money?
It also lists Worcester as a City, but the only destination that comes up is Myrtle Beach and Punta Gorda not even listed.
In the past Myrtle Beach Direct leased planes from JetBlue, but now they are leasing from Virgin America. Makes you wonder why they switched airlines. Maybe someone should call JetBlue and ask them why? Although technically Virgin America planes themselves will be coming to ORH, it is in fact Myrtle Beach Direct.
In retrospect we should have spent the $300,000 of DOT grant monies keeping Allegiant when we had them. This airline really concerns me.
September 04, 2008
It only leaves me with one option--Myrtle Beach Direct .
I have had them as a link of my blog and web page for over a year, but they scare me. Why? Well they are based in Myrtle Beach and their management use to be involved with the old Hooters, who owes everyone money. Before that their management was involved with Aviation Advantage, who ran Lehigh Valley Air (owe everyone money) and now Southern Skyways, who seems to be failing everywhere too. Do you see a pattern?
It almost eerie how similar the websites are between Southern Skyways, Myrtle Beach Direct and the former Hooters and Aviation Advantage.... In the end I know beggers can not be choosers and we are about to lose $300,000 in grant monies from the DOT, but lets hope it is Casino Air Direct not Myrtle Beach Direct. Lastly, as far as I can tell, Myrtle Beach Direct does not even fly into St Pete's anymore so where could this SouthWest Florida destination be, Punta Gorda ?
Before I sign off tonight, I am 100% positive that tomorrow one of these two airlines will be announced out of ORH. I personally am hoping for Casino and have huge reservations about Myrtle Beach Direct.
Casino Direct Air will be flying a couple of times per week St Pete's . Great news!!! This airline has been doing alot of smaller planes out of St Pete's to Biloxi, but recently signed a deal with Airtran to lease one their larger planes (not sure exactly what kind). Now they will coming to ORH.
In the morning I was depressed after reading WoMag, and now my month long silence is rewarded. Good luck to Casino Air and now we need to support them so more airlines come to ORH.
Casino Direct Air
14700 Terminal Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33762-2936
- "of the 20 airlines we have spoken to since the IMG report". Really? By review of the airport commission minutes maybe one or two airlines, DJ Airline which never became an airline and Skybus that went out of business, have ever been discussed.
- Hard to getting in touch with our Airport Director. No surprise here.
Before I go any further. Just read it.
September 03, 2008
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September 02, 2008
The gain was enough to help Allegiant outrun a 40 percent increase in fuel prices during the last six months. The company's profit, or operating margin, slipped below 4 percent on the quarter, a decrease from a 16 percent margin during the second quarter last year.
Earnings per share were down almost 75 percent for the quarter to 13 cents. That was 1 cent less than Wall Street analysts anticipated, according to one survey. Still, Allegiant officials hailed the fact they made more than they spent while the rest of the domestic airline industry is in shambles. "We can produce strong profit margins at any fuel price," Allegiant CFO Andrew Levy said. "We have the unique ability to be very nimble."
The airline made money by squeezing more people onto each flight, extracting more cash from customers in-flight, flying shorter routes to save fuel and taking advantage of the Las Vegas tourism slump by offering cut-rate deals on hotel and airfare packages. Allegiant officials also believe their business model of flying from small towns to tourist destinations has another advantage because those communities that haven't been hammered as hard as big cities during the real estate and credit market crashes
September 01, 2008
Is this business friendly? Do business in the City of Worcester, pay your taxes but we do not want you serving on any of our boards?
The City of Worcester should change eligibility to read that you need to either live in the City of Worcester, own property or own a business in the City of Worcester. All things being equal the nod should go to the Worcester resident.
Although this is outdated, there were 57 openings on March 7, 2008.