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(NECN: Mike Cronin) - It's been almost three months since JetBlue's first commercial flight landed at the Worcester Regional Airport. According to Massport, the numbers are soaring.
Massport says more than 20,000 passengers have flown on JetBlue's flights between Worcester and Florida. Airport Director Andy Davis is pleased with the turnout.
“It means the community, the region for that matter is really supporting JetBlue,” said Davis.
Massport says 81% of seats are full, about the same demand as JetBlue's flights across the country in 2013, which averaged 83% capacity.
Davis says more passengers could mean more flights and larger planes. He's hoping JetBlue will start flying 150 seat planes to Worcester, which is 50 more seats than current flights.
“And as the demand grows, so does the ability to put passengers on those larger airplanes,” said Davis.
Spring and warmer temperatures are just a couple of months away meaning some won't need to head to Florida to escape the cold. Davis says the key will be encouraging people to visit Worcester.