Flights between Worcester and Florida resume this week

Robert Roffulo

Table of Contents What You Need To Know Daily, nonstop flights between Worcester and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. will resume October 21 The airport welcomed back commercial flights to New York in August Worcester Regional Airport Director Andy Davis says they were able to resurface parts of two runways during the […]

WORCESTER, Mass. – The doors to Mirage Express may have been closed Tuesday, but they won’t be for much longer.

The café inside the Worcester Regional Airport is gearing up for more travelers this week.

“We are very happy,” Mirage Express manager, Joe Louis, said. “We’re excited to go back to work.” 


What You Need To Know

  • Daily, nonstop flights between Worcester and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. will resume October 21
  • The airport welcomed back commercial flights to New York in August
  • Worcester Regional Airport Director Andy Davis says they were able to resurface parts of two runways during the pandemic with commercial air travel being suspended in the city
  • With Delta and American Airlines scheduled to resume in November at Worcester Regional Airport, it will be the first time the airport is 100% operational since 2020

On Thursday, daily nonstop JetBlue flights between Worcester and Fort Lauderdale will resume for the first time since the airline suspended flights last year.

“Demand is there, specifically with leisure to Florida,” said airport director Andy Davis. “But now, with the increased frequency to service in New York, that’s a big business market. So, now we’re opening the door of opportunity for business travel to return.”

JetBlue will also be adding a second daily nonstop flight to New York (JFK). Flights will depart Worcester to JFK at 7:36 a.m. and 1:35 p.m. starting Thursday. The airport and JetBlue welcomed back flights to New York in August. 

During the pandemic, the airport was used mostly for corporate jets and private aircrafts. Davis says the quiet time for commercial flights allowed the airport to be maintained and modernized.​

“We wrapped up a resurfacing project on our primary runway,” said Davis. “A 7,000-foot primary runway. We resurfaced half of it.”

There wasn’t much of a silver lining for the Mirage Express, though. The family-owned business closed when commercial flights were suspended.​

“It was very hard,” Louis said. “It was very hard to accept it, to shut down overnight. You know, our stores were full and good business. But, thank God, no one got sick, no one got hurt.”

The café did reopen in August, but Louis says this week’s expansion of service is what they’ve really been waiting for.

“The future looks very bright,” Louis said. “We’re going to stay healthy, stay well. And that’s the main thing.”

Davis had a smiliar thought when it comes to the airport.

“We’re really optimistic that the flights are going to be very very popular out of here for both business and leisure,” Davis said.

Davis says starting in November, both Delta and American Airlines will resume their services as well, bringing the airport to 100% operations for the first time since the pandemic began. 

https://spectrumnews1.com/ma/worcester/news/2021/10/19/worcester-to-florida-flights-resume-thursday

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