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Allegiant To Announce Worcester?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 1:56 am

Just saw an article that claims Allegiant has made a deal to start Worcester to SFB this fall.
http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dl...=/20050821/COLUMN22/508210532/1020

Interesting read by a reporter who talks as though he got inside info from the talks. Will be interesting to see if this gets announced soon.
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RE: Allegiant To Announce Worcester?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 1:58 am

I could see that being quite a successful route! Good luck to them if they do indeed do it. I love watching Allegiant expand, because it's so fun to guess where they'll be next.
 
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RE: Allegiant To Announce Worcester?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 3:35 am

I live about 30 minutes from Worcester Airport and I would love to see Allegiant serving the airport. The city of Worcester is about the same size as Providence, RI so it should be able to support some decent air service, although it hasn't in past years for multiple reasons (mediocre road access, nonexistent airline advertising). But I think if Allegiant can make cities like Bismarck, ND and Ft. Collins, CO work, it can make ORH work.

I just wish they flew to MCO and not SFB, but I can live with that.
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RE: Allegiant To Announce Worcester?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 7:32 am

There is apparetnly another carrier called DJ air interested in ORH. Allegiant should be a nice fit. The Worcester metro area is only a little larger than 1/3 the size of Providence to the South however per GD727.
 
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RE: Allegiant To Announce Worcester?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:19 am

I live about 30 min from ORH and I fly into it frequently in a Cessna 172. I don't think that it is suitable for a commercial carrier as it competes closely with PVD and BDL which are both 30-60 min away and have much more options than ORH will ever have. I salute Alleigant for trying and if US Express and DL Connection can make $$$ on HVN and BDR (no DL there) than it certainly is possible that ORH can be in that boat with Alleigant as it's carrier. Also I just thought that Cape Air could get into the mix offering flights from ORH to Cape Cod and Islands. (Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket) But in my personal opinion I think that ORH is better served as a GA airport along with my home airport of BAF.

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RE: Allegiant To Announce Worcester?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:40 am

Quoting Lat41 (Reply 3):

That's true, Providence has a much larger metro. I'm not saying ORH can be as big and sucessful as PVD. In fact Worcester's proximity to PVD was probobly a big factor in ORH losing all it's airline service as previously mentioned by DeltaGuy767.

[Edited 2005-08-22 01:42:23]

[Edited 2005-08-22 01:43:35]
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RE: Allegiant To Announce Worcester?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:52 am

Quoting DeltaGuy767 (Reply 4):
if US Express and DL Connection can make $$$ on HVN and BDR (no DL there) than it certainly is possible that ORH can be in that boat with Alleigant as it's carrier.

US Airways Express left BDR on 11/28/99. Mesa was providing 4x Beech 1900D service to BWI.

ORH lasted longer than BDR. US Airways Express left there on 2/23/03. Allegheny was providing 3x Dash 8 service to PHL.
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RE: Allegiant To Announce Worcester?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 8:58 am

As someone who spent 20 years in Worcester, I'd love to see some commercial service return to the airport. My-father-in -law planted the apple trees that line (lined?) the road. I remember the Northeast "Yellowbirds", Delta's Boston-Manchester- Worcester-Laguardia service--even Parker Aviation's "shuttle" to Logan. But in this day and age, would service from
Worcester to primarily leisure destinations succeed? BDL, PVD, and BOS--about an hour away--would seem to serve that need...
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RE: Allegiant To Announce Worcester?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 9:54 am

I remember in the mid 80's when ORH was still using the old terminal...

PI, US, and NY all flew mainline jets into ORH. They retrofitted the tiny terminal with two ground level jetways. I loved flying out of there!
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RE: Allegiant To Announce Worcester?

Mon Aug 22, 2005 10:58 am

Actually, the Worcester Metro area is pretty large - it stretches into the 495 belt, and there are quite a few small tech companies out there. Plus, there are a lot of residential areas for the metro west and even Boston markets that it serves.

The problem , however, is that Worcester Airport is pretty inaccessible. It involves going down some pretty busy regular streets, hard to find your way, and it's tucked away at the back of the city. Add to this the city, and especially that neighborhood, aren't too interested in outsiders.

The worst thing they did, however, is that the plans for the 146/290 intersection completely do away with any routes to the airport! When the city is desperate for easier connections there, they instead make it harder.

Alas, I don't think it is going to be enough of a success to keep the airport going. And quite honestly I don't think the city itself has enough interest in keeping it open as a GA airport that it will last much longer.
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RE: Allegiant To Announce Worcester?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 12:33 am

I know this is off topic, but by any chance MFE-SFB
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RE: Allegiant To Announce Worcester?

Tue Aug 23, 2005 12:47 am

I think Massport slinked away from Worcester when it was obvious they failed miserably in making that airport a success. Not that Massport should shoulder all the blame; the city of Worcester doesn't seem to care much about its own airport beyond the 'new terminal' they built years ago. If Allegiant has 'strings attached' to coming to Worcester...i.e. they want subsidies or guarantees or improvements, they won't get them from Worcester. And in my estimation the whole thing will die a quiet death and they won't come. Which will suit us up here at Manchester just fine.

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