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Worcester needs to unlock airport potential

Full and original article posted on Worcester Business Journal

TIMOTHY J. MCGOURTHY SPECIAL TO THE WORCESTER BUSINESS JOURNAL

The largest single transportation facility in Worcester, and arguably that with the most potential, Worcester Regional Airport (airport code ORH) is a critical element in Greater Worcester’s transportation tripod of road, rail, and air.

Founded as a municipal airport in 1946, ORH was acquired by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) in 2010 following a decade of joint city-Massport control. While passenger traffic peaked at 354,000 in 1989, the airport struggled at times in the face of competition from Logan International Airport and the expansion of Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire and T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island. Worcester Regional Airport is now poised for its own expansion with increasingly reliable air travel as a result of the launch of JetBlue service in 2013 and with a state-of-the-art navigation system under construction allowing for instrument-only landings regardless of visibility conditions.

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