WBJ Brad Kane In This Issue: Extra Scrutiny for Polar Park

Worcester Airport cost to taxpayers

 

 

The airport was under an operating agreement with Massport. Under the agreement, the city and Massport paid the operating deficit together.

  • July 1, 2004 – June 30, 2005 – Massport pays 100% of operating deficit not including debt service
  • July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2006 – Massport pays 85% of operating deficit not including debt service
  • July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2007 – Massport pays 68% of operating deficit not including debt service[30] 

When the agreement ended, it was continued but I do not remember at what percentage.    Finally on July 1, 2010, Massport became the owner and operator of the airport.

From 2004 to present the taxpayers may have paid abot $1,000,000 to cover Worcester Airport losses.... 


***   We have paid ten times that on Green Hill Golf Course during the same time period

 

 


 


 

Comments

Gary Samela said…
Doesn't answer my question asking how much money Massport is currently losing to run ORH. Maybe one of the reasons they're looking at cargo is that they're losing so much on the commercial side they're desperate for cash.
Gary Samela said…
Some of the improvements that Massport has made at ORH were paid for with FAA and DOT grants. Projects llke the jug handle, new fire/ rescue building,CATIII,taxiway/ runway,improvements and the two new jetway
received grants. That is money that all taxpayers fund.

I think in a few years Massport's decision to purchase and invest in ORH will be one of the biggest boondoggles in ours state's
history. On the other side, our City's decision to build the ballpark (and it's economic spinoff) will go down as one of the wisest. I think you guys got it backwards.
Anonymous said…
If you are comparing it to let's say the Galleria you might be right.
Bill Randell said…
We all hope you are right...

An updated proforma would at least give us an idea where we stood
Anonymous said…
Can ORH/Massport push AA and JetBlue to codeshare their flights ORH-JFK, as they do with BOS-JFK? 3 flights daily would give endless connecting opportunities between JetBlue and AA.
Jeremy said…
AA doesn’t have anything scheduled after late March. It looks like they are done
Anonymous said…
That's a shame... They should codeshare with JetBlue. Can someone communicate this to Andy Davis?
Jeremy said…
Unfortunately our airport will get another black eye due to them. They gave us a lousy flight time, lousy aircraft, lousy performance and lousy pricing. Not to mention they didn’t even give us six months. We need airlines to give us a true test, not 4 months.
Anonymous said…
Agreed.

AA's PHL pricing was indeed lousy but JFK seems very reasonable at $45 one way. It's the same for Delta.

Speaking of lousy pricing, JetBlue to JFK is expensive these days... $175 ORH-JFK tomorrow even though the seat maps are half empty. Flying on an almost full BOS-JFK is cheaper ($99 on JetBlue)...

Bob said…
Is there any chance of a ORH-BOS flight? I'd rather fly to Boston and connect there, than go all the way down to New York.

https://simpleflying.com/the-usas-ridiculously-short-routes/
Bob said…
I wouldn't head south. Chicago, Toronto or Seattle.