airport upgrades

Greetings from Worcester Regional Airport

I attended a community radio reunion in Worcester, MA this weekend and was told by several folks that I just had to take a ride out the Worcester Regional Airport.

“It’s eerie,” an old friend said, “The airport has this giant new building. But when you go there, the doors open but nothing is there.”

He was right.


Worcester Regional Airport (ORH) is advertised as having four jetway gates, two ramp level gates, a baggage carousel and other amenities.

But things don’t quite look finished, even though the first commercial air service in quite some time is scheduled to begin on November 7th, when Jet Blue begins daily service between Worcester and Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.

worcester jet blue

And while it looks like there may be a news/snack shop opening, beyond the advertised free Wi-Fi, the only amenities I saw on-site were a vending machine (Pop Tarts were one option), two video game machines and a display case with some items representing Worcester history, including this coffee mug celebrating Worcester as the birthplace of the Smiley Face – an honor claimed by Seattle and one or two other cities.

Worcester Smiley Face