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Massport Congratulates 50,000 Passenger to Fly JetBlue Airways at Worcester Regional Airport

Massport and JetBlue announce High School valedictorian program

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WORCESTER – Passengers on JetBlue Airways flight 2019 to Ft. Lauderdale were feted today at Worcester Regional Airport as the airline reached its 50,000th passenger since starting service in November 2013 with daily flights to Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Littleton, MA resident Cathleen Olson is the lucky passenger and received 50,000 TrueBlue points and a Key To The City to mark the occasion. Ms. Olson is traveling to Ft. Lauderdale with her two children Olivia and Eric to visit family. 

“We’re thrilled with JetBlue’s performance,” said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. “When offered quality service to popular destinations, travelers from Central Massachusetts have spoken loud and clear that JetBlue is their favorite airline. Congratulations to JetBlue and our 50,000th passenger.” 

To recognize the academic achievement of local students, Massport and JetBlue also announced they are donating pairs of roundtrip tickets from Worcester Airport to Ft. Lauderdale or Orlando to each class valedictorian from high schools in the city of Worcester, and the towns of Auburn and Leicester. Fifteen valedictorians from Worcester area high schools will receive roundtrip airfare courtesy of JetBlue. 

“This milestone confirms that residents of the Worcester region and the Commonwealth as a whole are hungry for expanded travel opportunities and invested in the success of JetBlue,” said U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern. “JetBlue’s commitment to Worcester demonstrates that serving this market is a wise investment.” 

"We are excited about reaching this milestone and grateful for the support from both the community and Massport. JetBlue is truly committed to this region and look forward to even greater success moving forward," said Scott Laurence, Vice President, Network Planning. 

Massport estimates Worcester Regional Airport will generate $369 million of economic activity over the next ten years. Massport commissioned Frasca & Associates, L.L.C. to assess the ten year economic impacts anticipated from new airline service by JetBlue Airways and Massport’s current and future investments in the airport. The study examined the direct and induced aviation-related economic impacts these activities will have to the Central Massachusetts regional economy. 

“The Worcester Regional Airport is a huge asset to the area and because of Massport’s management and JetBlue’s vision, we are experiencing a huge return on their investment – and it’s still early in the game,” said Timothy P. Murray, President and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. “It is important to both our business community and leisure travelers to have a vibrant airport. Reaching this milestone is a big win for the region and underscores the need for continued growth and expansion – something that the new CAT III landing system will certainly help to achieve.” 

Massport continues to move forward with the installation of a Category III instrument landing system at the airport to make a safe facility even safer. The so-called CAT III system will be operated by the Federal Aviation Administration, will cost some $30 million and will be installed over the next few years as permitting proceeds. 

“Congratulations to JetBlue and Massport for making Worcester Regional Airport the success it is today. Worcester loves blue and the world class service they provide,” said Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty. “I want to thank everyone for believing in Worcester and I am excited about the future of JetBlue in the city.” 

“Today’s recognition is proof positive that the Worcester and Central MA markets have embraced Worcester Regional Airport and JetBlue. Worcester Airport is once again a vibrant facility, offering families affordable flights for their dream vacations, said City Manager Edward M. Augustus. “Worcester is proud to have JetBlue on board and we look forward to more exciting announcements ahead.” 

At its peak in 1989, Worcester airport served more than 340,000 people and between 2009 and 2012, 250,000 people chose Worcester Airport. Worcester Regional Airport serves Worcester County, the second fastest growing county in Massachusetts, along with the Boston Metro West region and the bustling Interstate 495 corridor. 

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