Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport

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Rogue Valley International - Medford Airport
Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport - Oregon.jpg
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IATA: MFRICAO: KMFRFAA LID: MFR
Summary
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
Website www.co.jackson.or.us/...
Map
MFR is located in Oregon
MFR
MFR
Location of airport in Oregon
Runways
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 use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) north of downtown Medford, a city in Jackson County, Oregon, United States.[1] Owned and operated by Jackson County's Aviation Authority, the airport also serves seven nearby counties in southwest Oregon.

In terms of commercial passenger boardings, the Medford Airport is the third busiest airport in Oregon with 301,742 enplanements in 2011 (behind Eugene and Portland with 393,504 and 6,808,486 enplanements, respectively).[3] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[4]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport covers an area of 885 acres (358 ha) at an elevation of 1,335 feet (407 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 14/32 with an asphalt surface measuring 8,800 by 150 feet (2,682 x 46 m).[1]

The airport has recently undergone major renovations which include a new 110,000 sq ft (10,000 m2) terminal building with room for expansion, which was completed in 2009 and designed by CSHQA and The Abell Architectural Group Inc.[5] The new terminal hosts an observation deck on the second floor, as well as a restaurant for screened and unscreened passengers. Also, 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. Coincided with the construction of a new terminal, a new control tower was built as well. The new $3.6 million, 100-foot-tall (30 m) control tower uses 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).

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 42,063 aircraft operations, an average of 115 per day: 62% general aviation, 25% air taxi, 12% scheduled commercial, and 1% military. At that time there were 215 aircraft based at this airport: 67% single-engine, 14% jet, 10% multi-engine, 4% glider, and 4% helicopter.[1]

Airline service present and past[edit]

Horizon Air operates Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft on all of their flights serving Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport, with nonstop service to Portland (PDX), Seattle/Tacoma (SEA) and Los Angeles (LAX). Nonstop service to Denver (DEN) and San Francisco (SFO), flown by SkyWest Airlines operating as United Express, utilizes Canadair CRJ-700 regional jets. United Express also operates Canadair CRJ-200 regional jets nonstop to Denver as well as Embraer EMB-120 "Brasilia" turboprops nonstop to San Francisco. Delta Connection, operated by SkyWest, flies nonstop service to Salt Lake City (SLC) with Canadair CRJ-200 and CRJ-700 regional jets. Allegiant Air flies nonstop to Las Vegas (LAS) and Los Angeles (LAX), and also seasonally to Phoenix-Mesa (AZA), with the only "mainline" jet aircraft type currently serving Medford, being the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series jetliner.

Historically, Medford was served by United Airlines flying Boeing 727-100, 727-200 and 737-200 jetliners, by Hughes Airwest (formerly known as Air West) operating Douglas DC-9-10 and DC-9-30 jets, by Pacific Express which flew British Aircraft Corp. BAC One-Eleven jet aircraft and by Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) which operated British Aerospace BAe 146-200 jets. The PSA service was then taken over by USAir (which currently operates as US Airways) following the acquisition of PSA by USAir. USAir subsequently ceased service to Medford although US Airways Express did serve Medford in later years with regional jet flights. The predecessor of Air West and Hughes Airwest, West Coast Airlines, served the airport in the 1960s with Douglas DC-9 jet service as well as with Fairchild F-27 propjet flights. West Coast merged with Pacific Air Lines and Bonanza Air Lines to form Air West.

Current airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines offer 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 operated by SkyWest Airlines Salt Lake City
United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines Denver, San Francisco

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from Medford (May 2013 - April 2014)[7]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Portland, Oregon 91,000 Alaska
2 San Francisco, California 56,000 United
3 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 41,000 Alaska
4 Los Angeles, California 38,000 Alaska, Allegiant
5 Salt Lake City, Utah 33,000 Delta
6 Denver, Colorado 26,000 United
7 Las Vegas, Nevada 16,000 Allegiant
8 Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona 5,000 Allegiant

Incidents[edit]

On January 7, 2008 a US Airways Express jet arriving from Las Vegas struck a coyote, killing it.[8]

References[edit]

  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 2011" (PDF, 1.7 MB). CY 2011 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. ^ MailTribune.com: Funds secured for airport tower
  7. ^ Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) (July 2014). "Medford, OR: Rogue Valley International (MFR) Scheduled Services except Freight/Mail". U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT). Retrieved July 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jet hits coyote at Oregon airport; coyote dies". The Seattle Times. January 8, 2008. 

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