US carrier JetBlue and the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) have announced a launch of new non-stop flights to two popular Florida destinations from Worcester Regional Airport (ORH).
A daily year-round service to Orlando International Airport (MCO) will launch this summer and winter seasonal service to Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers (RSW) will be launching next winter.
Daily flight services Worcester – Orlando will begin on June 15, 2023. The winter seasonal services Worcester – Fort Myers are then set to commence January 4, 2024.
Travel opportunities for Central Massachusetts
With the addition of these routes, JetBlue will serve three Florida cities – Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Fort Myers – from Worcester, meeting the increased demand from customers in the Central Massachusetts region for additional Florida flights.
“We are proud to introduce even more options to connect our Massachusetts customers to the places they want to fly with more nonstop Florida service from Worcester,” said Robin Hayes, chief executive officer, JetBlue.
“Customers can now much more easily travel back and forth to Florida with JetBlue’s low fares and award-winning service, including with daily flights to Fort Myers during the Red Sox Spring Training.”
“Worcester Regional Airport is an important economic asset for the entire state, and these new routes will help deliver even more growth and connectivity for our businesses and residents,” said Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey.
“I congratulate Massport and our federal, state, and city partners for securing this expansion with JetBlue and building on the economic and tourism benefits for Central Massachusetts.”
“These new and returning JetBlue flights to Florida from Worcester Regional Airport are a great addition for passengers in Central Massachusetts,” said Congressman Jim McGovern.
“We are thrilled to welcome back JetBlue’s Orlando service and the exciting new seasonal service to Fort Myers, giving travelers a total of three great destinations in Florida to visit for business and leisure,” said Massport CEO Lisa Wieland.
Today, Worcester is served by three major airlines, which together not only offer travelers direct access to New York and Florida, but also provide opportunities to connect to hundreds of additional destinations throughout the U.S. and across the globe.
Last November, Worcester celebrated its one millionth passenger since 2013 when JetBlue began serving the airport.
Local officials welcomed the announcement of the proposed Florida flight services.
“JetBlue’s routes to Orlando and Fort Myers are exciting new travel options for passengers in and around our region and we are pleased to see that people are paying attention to how easy and inexpensive it is to fly out of the Worcester Airport,” said Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty.
“The return of JetBlue’s Orlando service and their brand new seasonal flight to Fort Myers demonstrates their commitment to Worcester and the surrounding communities,” said Eric D. Batista, Worcester City Manager.
“JetBlue’s new and returning Florida routes are meeting the increased travel demand coming from the Worcester region and that is a great sign for our residents and our business community,” said Timothy P. Murray, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO. “These flights offer more opportunities to make connections throughout the country and the world.”
Winter seasonal service to Fort Myers
JetBlue is also launching winter seasonal service from Worcester to Fort Myers beginning on January 4, 2024.
The route will initially launch with twice-weekly service, and will increase to daily service starting in mid-February through the end of the Red Sox Spring Training.
As the official airline of the Red Sox, JetBlue is pleased to provide fans more convenient options to travel down to JetBlue Park, the Red Sox’s Spring Training ballpark and part of the Fenway South training and development facility.