Massport To Acquire Worcester Regional Airport

 - June 3, 2010, 12:51 PM

Business aviation operators and tenants at Worcester Regional Airport in Massachusetts should begin to see long-awaited improvements after the Massachusetts Port Authority takes over ownership of the facility from the city of Worcester, targeted for July 1. Massport has been managing the airport, but as a non-owner it could not make enhancements or repairs. “Once we are owners of the airport we can start putting capital into it,” airport manager Andrew Davis told AIN. “We see the most immediate opportunities will be to make improvements to attract more business aviation.” Repaving runways, modernizing hangars and other changes will be necessary if the airport is going to increase traffic and generate revenue, according to Davis. Last year, the airport logged fewer than 50,000 operations, most of them general aviation, as only one airline currently uses the airport. Only one business jet and about 10 turboprops are now based at the airport. Doug Robinson, manager of Swissport, the sole FBO at Worcester, told AIN that the acquisition will be “positive” for business aviation. The city of Worcester, on Tuesday, approved the transfer and the Massport Board is expected to vote its approval on June 17. FAA approval is pending.