U.S. DOT grants Worcester airport $463K

BY Zachary Comeau

Photo | Grant Welker
Photo | Grant Welker
Electrical equipment will be installed at Gates 1 and 2 at Worcester Regional Airport.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted Worcester Regional Airport $463,000 to install electrical equipment for aircrafts at two gates.
Planes at Gates 1 and 2 will be provided with power and air conditioning while parked at the terminal. 
The U.S. DOT called the improvements a Voluntary Airport Low Emissions Program project to generate Airport Emission Reduction Credits. which can be used to comply with future air emission regulations.
“This grant will help Worcester Regional Airport better serve the flying public, as well as strengthening the economy and creating jobs in this community,” DOT Secretary Elaine Chao said in a statement. 
The grant comes just a day after the airport announced its third year-round airline, Delta, will begin flights to Detroit next August.
The new service is the first from the airport to leave the East Coast. JetBlue offers flights to New York City, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In April, state and local officials announced American Airlines daily flights from Worcester to Philadelphia, which will begin in October. Rectrix Aviation offers seasonal flights to Cape Cod. 
According to state and local officials, the Worcester airport has seen $100 million in state and federal investment since 2010, leading to its revitalization now connecting Worcester to a larger part of the country.