Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport

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Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport
Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport - Oregon.jpg
USGS 2006 orthophoto
Airport type Public
Owner Jackson County
Serves Medford, Oregon
Elevation AMSL 1,335 ft / 407 m
Coordinates 42°22′27″N 122°52′25″W / 42.37417°N 122.87361°W / 42.37417; -122.87361Coordinates: 42°22′27″N 122°52′25″W / 42.37417°N 122.87361°W / 42.37417; -122.87361
MFR is located in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 8,800 2,682 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 42,063
Based aircraft 215
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]
FAA airport diagram for MFR

Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport (IATA: MFR[2]ICAO: KMFRFAA LID: MFR) is a public airport three miles (6 km) north of downtown Medford, in Jackson County, Oregon.[1] Jackson County's Aviation Authority owns and operates it.

By passenger count Medford Airport is the third busiest airport in Oregon with 313,638 enplanements in 2012 (behind Eugene and Portland with 407,098 and 7,142,610 respectively).[3] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[4]


The airport covers 885 acres (358 ha) at an elevation of 1,335 feet (407 m). Its one runway, 14/32, is 8,800 by 150 feet (2,682 x 46 m) asphalt.[1]

The airport has recently had major renovations which include a new 110,000 sq ft (10,000 m2) terminal building with room for expansion, completed in 2009 and designed by CSHQA and The Abell Architectural Group Inc.[5] The new terminal has an observation deck on the second floor and a restaurant for screened and unscreened passengers. Second-story loading bridges have been put in place for easier loading and unloading of passengers. Now that the new terminal is complete, there is a main concourse, and two open air concourses. A new control tower was built as well; the $3.6 million, 100-foot-tall (30 m) tower has a state-of-the-art geothermal system to heat and cool the building. The tower was completed in late 2008.[6]

Three fixed-based operators (FBOs) currently provide general aviation services on the field: Medford Air Service, Jet Center MFR, and Million Air (which recently completed its new three-story corporate terminal).

In 2011 the airport had 42,063 aircraft operations, average 115 per day: 62% general aviation, 25% air taxi, 12% airline, and 1% military. 215 aircraft were then based at the airport: 67% single-engine, 14% jet, 10% multi-engine, 4% glider, and 4% helicopter.[1]

Airline service present and past[edit]

Horizon Air Bombardier Q400 turboprops are on all of their flights at Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport, with nonstops to Portland (PDX), Seattle/Tacoma (SEA) and Los Angeles (LAX). Nonstops to Denver (DEN) and San Francisco (SFO) on SkyWest Airlines ("United Express") use Canadair CRJ-700 regional jets. United Express also has Canadair CRJ-200 regional jets nonstop to Denver and Embraer EMB-120 "Brasilia" turboprops nonstop to San Francisco. Delta Connection, operated by SkyWest, flies nonstops to Salt Lake City (SLC) with Canadair CRJ-200, CRJ-700 and CRJ-900 regional jets. Allegiant Air flies nonstop to Las Vegas (LAS) and Los Angeles (LAX), and also seasonally to Phoenix–Mesa (AZA), with the only big jets currently serving Medford, the McDonnell Douglas MD-80.

Medford saw United Airlines Boeing 727s and 737s from 1967–68 until about 2003; United had started Medford in the 1930s. West Coast DC-3s started around December 1946 and in 1967 their Douglas DC-9s were Medford's first jets; successors Air West and Hughes Airwest continued DC-9 flights until 1979. Pacific Express BAC One-Elevens and Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) BAe 146-200s appeared in the 1980s. PSA service was taken over by USAir (now US Airways) after its acquisition of PSA; USAir later dropped Medford but US Airways Express had regional jets at Medford.

Current airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
Alaska Airlines operated by Horizon Air Los Angeles, Portland (OR), Seattle/Tacoma
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Los Angeles
Seasonal: Phoenix/Mesa
Delta Connection Salt Lake City
United Express Denver, San Francisco


On January 7, 2008 a US Airways Express jet arriving from Las Vegas struck a coyote, killing it.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for MFR (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (MFR: Medford / Jackson County)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2012" (PDF, 1.7 MB). CY 2012 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ Medford airport opens new, $35M terminal
  6. ^ Funds secured for airport tower
  7. ^ "Jet hits coyote at Oregon airport; coyote dies". The Seattle Times. January 8, 2008. 

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