July 19, 2012

Good News out of Providence

None of the news we heard yesterday was bad for Worcester. 
  1. Airport access road is not a concern for JetBlue.  How huge is that!!!!    Evidently they want better signage and they are getting it.
  2. I have heard that JetBlue had concerns about the current landing system and they want it Category III landing equipment installed.   My bet is MassPort is addressing that.
  3. The CEO said that there is not enough aircraft to add service this year.   Did not say anything about next year.   Look for a potential announcement at end of year for service beginning in 2013.
  4. Mr Barger takes social media like Twitter very seriously.   
  5. Daily flights!!  This is great news. 
Most importantly , he is coming to Worcester again in August.   What is the bad news here?  Do you think the Chamber of Commerce or anyone else will plan anything for this next meeting? 

These things take time, but today's news all good for Worcester Airport. 


tim macdonald said...

I saw the interview with Bave Barger and read the article in the T&G. All sound positive for ORH. If jetblue starts daily flights ORH will be a very different place.

MSWOMer said...

That would explain why JetBlue pulled it's Florida flights out of Burlington. They were shifting them to Providence and don't have the planes to run both.

It also sounds like they don't want to touch Worcester until we upgrade the main runway from Cat I to Cat III. I understand this is a huge investment for the airport, but how long and how much would that endeavor take?

Also, daily flights as opposed to weekly flights is great to hear. Planes and a Cat III system seem to be the main issues holding us back from a level of activity that hasn't been seen in decades. That is very positive.

Anonymous said...

Most airlines use contract fueling. That means they buy the fuel direct from the supplier for a set price. Then when they go get fuel, the fueling operation just charges a transfer fee per gallon. This is usually pennies on the gallon. Both the airport and the fueler charge "into plane" fee. For example: Say they bought fuel from the supplier for $5.00 a gallon. The fueler would charge 50 a gallon for transfer fee. Some of that 50 cents would go to the airport and some would go to the fueler. So the total per gallon they paid would be $5.50. By doing this they guarantee a fixed rate for fuel so they can have more accurate operating costs and it is far less than what the fuel costs are without contract fuel. They would basically pay the going rate at the pumps. Hope this helps. Brian