FlyORH: What Worcester’s Airport Can Learn From Arnold Palmer
Thursday, October 31, 2013
|ORH could take a pointer or two from Pennsylvania's Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. Photo: Westmoreland Development Council|
Also from the Pittsburg Business Times: “Three years ago, you could go out in our parking lot, and there would be no cars,” said Donald J. Rossi, a local businessman and chairman of the Westmoreland County Airport Authority. “The only cars that might be there would be for the restaurant. Outside of that, there was no need for anybody to come here. We’ve changed an awful lot.”
Sound familiar? They are in a very similar situation being a secondary airport to a large primary airport in Pittsburgh, and had no service. What transformed this airport?
Making the difference
In February 2011, Spirit Airlines added service to Fort Lauderdale. Since then they have added Dallas, Orlando, and Myrtle Beach. In three years, from no passengers to 400,000. This can happen in Worcester with the entry of JetBlue, if we support the daily flights to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale starting November 7.
What caught my eye recently how Greyhound bus will be providing twice daily shuttle service from Pittsburgh to Arnold Palmer Airport. We are not at that point yet, but imagine a shuttle from Union Station to the airport.
As the first flight on JetBlue out of Worcester approaches, the sky is the limit.
Bill Randell is the President of Advantage Benefits, an insurance brokerage house specializing in employee benefits with an emphasis on health insurance, based in Worcester since 1992. He can be contacted at Bill@AdvantageBenefits.com or follow him on Twitter (@FlyORH).