Direct American Airlines flights from Worcester to Philadelphia to return in November
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Direct American Airlines flights from Worcester to Philadelphia to return in November

American Airlines plans to bring a daily, non-stop flight from Worcester Regional Airport to Philadelphia International Airport back this fall, officials announced Saturday.

The service was halted last year during the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement means that by this fall, Worcester will once again have three major airlines flying out of its airport.

“This is the third flight announcement we’ve had in a few months, and we are excited to welcome American back to Worcester,” said Worcester County Sheriff and Massport Board Chairman Lew Evangelidis. “Having more service to more destinations allows passengers to choose a flight that works best for them.”

The first flight from Worcester will depart on Nov. 2, according to a statement from Massport. Tickets will be available for sale on Monday, Aug 30. The flight will use an Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft.

A flight will depart Worcester daily at 6:31 p.m. and arrive in Philadelphia at 8:02 p.m. The return flight leaves Philadelphia at 4:52 p.m. and lands in Worcester at 6:05 p.m., Massport said.

“There are exciting things happening in Worcester and airlines are paying attention,” said Massport CEO Lisa Wieland. “American was a terrific partner prior to the pandemic, and we are pleased they are returning to Worcester Regional Airport, offering travelers a convenient flight to Philadelphia with connections throughout the world.”

Philadelphia International Airport is 7 miles from downtown and serves 32 million passengers annually. With 25 airlines, including all major domestic carriers, it offers nearly 500 daily departures to more than 140 destinations worldwide, Massport said.

Massport announced last week that Delta Air Lines this fall is starting a daily flight from Worcester to New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Meanwhile, JetBlue is resuming flights to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and is planning to resume flights to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the fall.

“The investments we have made over the years at ORH are paying dividends,” said Congressman Jim McGovern. “This is great news that American is bringing another flight to Worcester, offering the community a new destination and more travel opportunities beyond.”

Worcester Regional Airport is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. And through the end of the year, the airport is offering free parking for travelers.

“Governor Baker and I are pleased with the progress Worcester Regional Airport continues to make as it expands opportunities connecting Central Massachusetts to the global economy,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Restarting this service to Philadelphia will provide residents with multiple flights, and hundreds of destinations.”

Massport took over Worcester Regional Airport in 2010 and since has made more than $100 million in improvements, including in a Category III Instrument Landing System.

The airport celebrated a milestone of 750,000 passengers in November 2019. At its peak in 1989, Worcester Regional Airport served more than 340,000 people.