Worcester Regional Airport is a public airport located three miles west of the central business district of Worcester, a city in Worcester County, Massachusetts. Previously owned by the City of Worcester, the airport has been owned and operated by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) since 2012, listed as a public airport and under the governance of the Worcester County. The airport is located at the heart of Central Massachusetts, conveniently providing a daily service to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando.
The sole airline operating in the airport is JetBlue Airways, although historically, the airport has had various major and low-cost airlines under its belt. Some of the notable airlines that operated in the airport are Northeast Airlines (first commercial airline to operate in the airport) in 1946, Delta Airlines, US Airways Express, United Express, American Eagle Airlines, Direct Air, Allegiant Air, and many others. The airport is only occupied by a maximum of three airlines at a given time, while between 2006 and 2008, there are no airlines operating in the airport.
The airport has a single terminal housed in a rather stark and modern building in Central Massachusetts. Originally, the airport was opened for leisure travel, but today it is a multi-purpose airport capable of receiving both big and small aircraft. Massport or the Massachusetts Port Authority had been under an operating agreement with the airport for several years to speed up payments for operating deficit and improvement costs together.
Services and Facilities
The Worcester Regional Airport covers an area of 1,000 acres consisting of two runways: a single passenger terminal with four jetway gates (two are operational), and two ramp level gates for regional carriers. The terminal also houses two baggage carousels and a TSA-installed passenger and baggage screening system. Moreover, the airport food and sundries service is handled by Mirage Express, which offers preflight favors such as fresh sandwiches, hot dogs, beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, magazines, and sundries before the flight. The Worcester Regional Flight Academy can also be found in the vicinity, while other services such as Fixed Base Operators, Air Freight, and Aircraft Maintenance crews also operate within the airport. The Worcester Regional Airport also offers free Wi-Fi service, access to rental cars and taxi service, and other security features for the convenience of passengers.