Residents of Central Massachusetts will soon have another quick way to get to New York City. JetBlue announced that it plans to expand its flight service by adding a Worcester Regional Airport-New York (JFK) route. Daily flights are expected to start in early 2018, according to city and state officials.
In addition to adding daily Worcester-JFK flights with the Embraer 190 aircraft, the airline wants to offer up to 200 daily departures from Boston Logan International Airport. JetBlue, however, doesn't have a huge presence in Worcester, and it currently only offers flights between Worcester and Orlando as well as Fort Lauderdale.
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito believes that the connection to the Big Apple will be popular among businesses that want to connect New York and beyond, and also among people who want to get a global connection. With quick access to New York's JFK, travelers will have an easy time getting anywhere in the world. And since JFK is JetBlue's biggest hub, JetBlue passengers will have plenty of connection opportunities.
While the airline is aiming for early 2018, no official start date has been announced. The Worcester Regional Airport will only start the route once a new $30 million landing system that helps planes land in low visibility is installed, and the project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
People living in the New England area have other options to take JetBlue flights. The airline also flies from Boston's Logan, as well as airports in Providence, Hartford, Burlington and Portland, Maine.