New Route of the Day – Americas (4 January 2024): JetBlue between Fort Myers and Worcester
JetBlue launched a new winter seasonal service between Fort Myers and Worcester in Massachusetts on Thursday 4 January. The 1,965-kilometre route will initially be maintained 2-weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays, with the A320 aircraft, increasing to daily from 19 February. The airline faces no competition. It complements JetBlue’s recently launched year-round flights from Orlando MCO to Worcester.
Flight B62834 departs Fort Myers at 12:21 local time, arriving in Worcester at 15:21 local time. The return service, operating as flight B62833, takes off from Massachusetts’ second-largest city at 16:06 local time, touching back down in Fort Myers at 19:06 local time.
What they said
Dave Clark, Head of Revenue and Planning at JetBlue, said: “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. 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.”
Maura Healey, the Governor of Massachusetts, added: “Worcester Regional Airport is an important economic asset for the entire state, and this new route will help deliver even more growth and connectivity for our businesses and residents. 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.”
New route caters for Red Sox fans
JetBlue’s new service is primarily being marketed to fans of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, which partake in their spring training at the JetBlue Park stadium in Fort Myers. It is one of Florida’s largest Spring Training facilities. The Spring Training will take place from late February until late March, complementing JetBlue’s flight schedule from Worcester. JetBlue has been a sponsor of the Red Sox since 2008 and has a livery dedicated to the team on one of its A320 aircraft.
JetBlue becomes Worcester’s largest airline
JetBlue is once again the largest carrier operating out of Worcester, based on available seat capacity. During S23, the airline restored flights from Orlando MCO, complementing existing services from Fort Lauderdale. Along with its new Fort Myers operation, it will now boast up to 21-weekly flights out of Worcester with just over 3,400 departing weekly seats. This is significantly ahead of second-placed American with its daily New York JFK service, and third-placed Delta with its 6-weekly New York LGA operation, which are the only two other carriers serving Worcester.
As the second-largest city in Massachusetts, Worcester has a population of 205,000. The city is approximately 65-kiloemtres west of Boston. Due to its location near the geographic centre of Massachusetts, Worcester is known as the “Heart of the Commonwealth”. Worcester is known for its diversity and large immigrant population with 22% of the population having been born outside of the US.