New service promises Worcester-to-Philly trip in an hour

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Travelers will be able to make the trip between central Massachusetts and Pennsylvania in just over an hour beginning in October, when American Airlines launches new daily service from Worcester Regional Airport to Philadelphia. Massachusetts Port Authority and American Airlines officials announced the new service at the airport Monday (9).

The office of the governor said it would “provide important support for more economic growth in Central Massachusetts.” Flights to Philadelphia will depart Worcester at 8 a.m. and land 9:05 a.m., and the return trip will depart Philadelphia at 9:30 a.m. and arrive at 10:39 a.m., according to Massport.

Massport officials said the recent installation of a new $30 million Category III instrument landing system provided a new level of reliability at the Worcester airport, allowing for new service options. “Worcester Airport keeps our economy strong and this new route will help to attract more businesses, create more opportunities for residents, and bring more dollars to the market here in the Worcester region,” U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern said in a statement. “Worcester Airport has already helped bring $350 million into our economy and through continued work with Massport, I see this number growing in years to come.”

Beginning May 3, JetBlue will offer flights from Worcester to JFK International Airport in New York. JetBlue currently flies from Worcester to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.