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Worcester Airport happy to have JetBlue

The chief executive of JetBlue Airways was greeted like a head of state when he touched down at Worcester Regional Airport Wednesday morning to announce that the airline would offer the first passenger service from the beleaguered airport in more than a year.

A marching band, police honor guard, and political leaders — including Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray — braved a bone-chilling wind to greet JetBlue head David Barger and his entourage when they stepped off the plane. Inside, throngs of business and community leaders, as well as Finz, the mascot for the Worcester Sharks hockey team, cheered inside an otherwise empty terminal.

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