First, let me make it very clear that Rectrix has been a great addition to Worcester Regional Airport (ORH). Our FBO facilities are now 1st class and can only increase General Aviation at ORH.
— Tim Murray (@TimMurray_MA) November 17, 2015
Although the focus is on commercial service, there are three basic components to a successful airport:
General Aviation (Rectrix main line)
At the end of 2016, Rectrix announced that they were working on a Commercial flight that would fly from Worcester to Baltimore then to Sarasota. Since then we have not hear much, so we reached out to Rectrix CEO Rich Cawley.
He told us that thee is alot going on and ” yes we absolutely intend on running the ORH – BWI – SRQ route. 30 seat regional jet.” Then followed by “we are so grateful that Massport has stepped up and invested millions of dollars in the infrastructure, and having the new CAT 3 landing system in place this December is the beginning of what will be a fantastic airport.”
We could not agree more. At the same time due to FAA and DOT rules there is not much else that they can say until the authority to run this route is granted. Bottom line, we still do not know when this flight will get off the ground.
Here are our concerns. We thought this was a “home run” when it was announced and would be a perfect compliment to JetBlue daily flights to Orlando (MCO) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL), the playing field has changed. Since the announcement, JetBlue has announced an NYC shuttle.
Let us ask this if you wanted to Bradenton and your options were:
Personally we would choose JetBlue.
Believe me we want to support Rectrix, who again have been a huge addition to ORH, but we are starting to worry about the success of this route. The question may be if there enough demand to fly to Baltimore, where JetBlue does not fly, to make this a success.
We will find out.
— WorcesterHerald (@WorcesterHerald) October 16, 2016