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Anonymous said…
Just looked up nonstop flights from ORH to FLL and from BOS to FLL. All flights after July 2nd from ORH to FLL are $70 (with the exception of July 5th) up until September 1st. In that time period from July 1st to September 1st, there are ZERO days where flying out of Boston non stop to FLL with ANY airline (including Spirit) is cheaper than flying out of Worcester. If you wanted a carry on bag, there’s only 1 day where a non stop flight (Delta) out of Boston beats the price but with one checked bag, no days beat ORH. You can leave any day after July 5th and come back any day before September 1st and with a checked bag, it would be $204 round trip, with a carry on it would be $235 round trip, and if your a mosaic member where you can get checked bags for free, it would only be $144 round trip. Those prices are flying out of ORH. Put in perspective, a family of 4 travels to Fort Lauderdale on July 15th and returns July 22nd and each member of the family checks a bag and they go down for the week. Assuming no free parking after June 30th and parking rates remain the same ($7 per day or $42 per week), that’s $858 for round trip travel with a checked bag each way for each family member. Compare that with the cheapest option out of Boston, right now if you wanted to fly those days with a checked bag it’s $194 per person each way ($388 round trip), that’s $1,552 for a family of four to fly out of Boston. Don’t forget about the high gas price, the tolls, the parking fees to park there, that’s at least $1,800 alone (assume $40 for gas, $40 for tolls if coming from Worcester, and economy parking to book right now is $200 for that time). It doesn’t hit $1,800 exactly but it’s very close after all expenses. That’s almost a $1,000 different when flying out of Worcester compared to Boston.

The flight schedule change has one huge benefit as well now, the flight back from FLL to ORH doesn’t have to rely on the aircraft having 5 flights before hand be on time just so the FLL to ORH flight can be as well. Been looking at the aircraft flights before the FLL to ORH and ORH to FLL flight, the most I’ve seen the aircraft be used before the FLL to ORH and ORH to FLL flight now is two. Most of the times it’s only once and some days the FLL to ORH flight is the first flight of the day for that aircraft to be used. You don’t need to rely on the E190 aircraft (which a lot of people know how reliable that aircraft can be) being on time for a lot of flights beforehand anymore, and in July that aircraft is being replaced with the A320 for the same flight, an aircraft that’s much more reliable than the E190. You should expect the on time performance to dramatically improve. Since the schedule change, it’s only been canceled twice and that was this past weekend because Fort Lauderdale got hammered with that tropical storm. This is the perfect time to market the airport and mention cost savings flying out of ORH compared to Boston. If you wanted to fly down to Fort Lauderdale non stop with the times I mentioned (July 15 to 22), the flight is the cheapest in all of New England for non stop versus Boston, Bradley, Providence, and Manchester. A no brainer for anyone wanting to go down there. Plus, you can take the bright line train to go to Miami or West Palm Beach as well from Fort Lauderdale and next year you’ll be able to go to Orlando International Airport as well. An absolute no brainer for anyone in New England
Common Sense said…
Good research, but it doesn't matter if people that live two miles from the airport don't know it exists. Massport and JB aren't going to spend a dime marketing these flights.