Worcester, Mass. buzzing blue

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April 2, 2013, 6:19 pm
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(NECN: Katelyn Tivnan) - There is a big meeting set for Wednesday about commercial service and many are hoping to hear "JetBlue."

The city is buzzing blue when it comes to a meeting at the Worcester Regional Airport Wednesday.

While city leaders remain tight lipped, there is plenty of speculation over what it could be.

“I can say this, you won't be blue if you show up,” said City Councilor Rick Rushton.

Here is what we do know: an invitation went out to area business leaders about a briefing on commercial air service. Tuesday, the airport seemed to be bustling with more people than usual. Crews unloaded equipment and worked outside to manicure the grounds.

“Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day for the Worcester Regional Airport,” said Rushton. “It’s been long in the works.”

Local florist Sprout tweeted a picture Tuesday of blue flowers they've been asked to provide for the meeting. It is also rumored that local entertainer Dale LePage, who is known for his rendition of "Come Fly With Me," will also be there.

“We see great opportunity here. We think we're heading in the right direction,” said Edward Freni.

At a subcommittee meeting Monday with Massport, they discussed category 3 landing gear will be coming to the airport, which is a multi-million dollar investment necessary to bring any commercial service to the city.

Massport did not talk specifics about JetBlue but did say meetings with the commercial carrier have been successful.

“It had a great impact and we're excited to see commercial service back at Worcester,” said Freni.

Not naming specifics, Rushton also says the announcement could mean Worcester will not be affected by FAA cuts to close the airports control tower.

“But if tomorrow's announcement comes through FAA 10,000 passenger limit will be far exceeded so FAA will come back.”

Tags: airport, FAA, MASSPORT, JetBlue, Worcester Regional Airport, Katelyn Tivnan, airplane, blue, worcester massachusetts, city councilor rick Rushton, Edward freni, dale lepage, sprout
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