Eastern Oregon Regional Airport

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Eastern Oregon Regional Airport
Pendleton Army Airfield
Eastern Oregon Regional Airport (Pendleton, Oregon).jpg
Airport type Public
Owner City of Pendleton
Serves Pendleton, Oregon, United States
Elevation AMSL 1,497 ft / 456 m
Coordinates 45°41′42″N 118°50′29″W / 45.69500°N 118.84139°W / 45.69500; -118.84139Coordinates: 45°41′42″N 118°50′29″W / 45.69500°N 118.84139°W / 45.69500; -118.84139
Website http://www.pendleton.or.us/pendleton-airport
PDT is located in Oregon
Location of airport in Oregon / United States
PDT is located in the US
PDT (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
7/25 6,301 1,921 Asphalt
11/29 5,581 1,701 Asphalt
16/34 4,341 1,323 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 19,885
Based aircraft 46

Eastern Oregon Regional Airport (IATA: PDT, ICAO: KPDT, FAA LID: PDT) (Eastern Oregon Regional Airport at Pendleton) is a city-owned public airport three miles northwest of Pendleton, in Umatilla County, Oregon.[1] It is used for general aviation and by one airline subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the airport had 7,217 passenger boardings in calendar year 2008,[2] 3,828 in 2009, 4,898 in 2010 and 4,305 in 2015.[3] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a non-primary commercial service airport (between 2,500 and 10,000 enplanements per year).[4]


Eastern Oregon Regional Airport covers 2,273 acres (920 ha) at an elevation of 1,497 feet (456 m). It has three asphalt runways: 7/25 is 6,301 by 150 feet (1,921 x 46 m); 11/29 is 5,581 by 100 feet (1,701 x 30 m); 16/34 is 4,341 by 60 feet (1,323 x 18 m).[1]

In 2010 the airport had 19,885 aircraft operations, average 54 per day: 77% general aviation, 17% air taxi, and 6% military. 46 aircraft were then based at the airport: 46% single-engine, 2% multi-engine, 22% helicopter, 7% glider, 9% ultralight, and 15% military.[1]

Historical airline service[edit]

United Airlines served Pendleton from the 1930s until 1981. Jets appeared in 1968; United Boeing 727-100s, 727-200s and 737-200s flew nonstop to Portland and Boise. During the late 1960s and into the 1970s, United's eastward 727 flew direct to Salt Lake City, Chicago, and Newark (EWR) or Washington (DCA). Earlier in the 1960s United Douglas DC-6Bs and DC-7s flew to Pendleton. Later Horizon Air, a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, flew de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8s to Portland before ending all service to Pendleton. The airport was also served by Portland-based Air Oregon with Fairchild Swearingen Metroliners during the late 1970s and early 1980s with flights to Portland and other cities before this commuter airline was acquired by Horizon Air. Currently served by Boutique Air with service to Portland.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Cessna 208 of SeaPort Airlines on the apron

On October 21, 2008, SeaPort Airlines was awarded a two-year grant under the Essential Air Service (EAS) program to provide commercial service from Portland to Pendleton beginning December 1, 2008, replacing the previous subsidized service by Horizon Air.[5] SeaPort service continued to operate utilizing the Cessna 208 Caravan turboprop aircraft, six days a week until September 20, 2016 when the airline ceased all service due to bankruptcy.[6] Boutique Air was awarded a contract for 21 round-trips a week between Pendleton and Portland using Pilatus PC-12 aircraft, with the option to operate one service a day to Seattle/Tacoma instead of Portland, from October 1, 2016. The contract is worth US$2.3 million and goes until the end of 2018. Boutique Air has the option to operate trips from Pendleton to Boise in Idaho, but these will not be subsidised under the EAS.[7]


Airlines Destinations
Boutique Air Portland (OR)[8]


Airlines Destinations
Ameriflight Portland (OR)
FedEx Feeder La Grande, Spokane

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for PDT (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on 2012-09-27. 
  5. ^ "2008-10-25 Order Reselecting Carrier and Setting Final Subsidy Rates". U.S. Department of Transportation. October 24, 2008. 
  6. ^ Mutzabaugh, Ben (September 21, 2016). "SeaPort Airlines shuts down, faces liquidation". USA Today. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Boutique Air awarded Pendleton EAS contract". ch-aviation. September 30, 2016. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  8. ^ http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/dec/07/boutique-air-to-start-portland-pendleton-service-d/

Other sources[edit]

  •  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2004-19934) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Order 2005-3-35 (March 25, 2005): selects Horizon Air Industries, Inc., d/b/a Horizon Air to provide subsidized essential air Service (EAS) at Pendleton, Oregon for a two-year period, and establishes a subsidy rate of $649,974 per year for service consisting of three weekday and four weekend nonstop or one-stop round trips between Pendleton and Portland with 37-seat Bombardier Q200 aircraft.
    • Order 2007-2-19 (February 16, 2007): re-selecting Horizon Air Industries, Inc., d/b/a Horizon Air, operating as Alaska Airlines, Continental Airlines and Northwest Airlines code-share partners, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Pendleton, Oregon, for an annual subsidy rate of $748,440, for the period from April 3, 2007, through April 30, 2009.
    • Order 2008-10-25 (October 21, 2008): selecting Alaska Juneau Aeronautics, Inc., d/b/a SeaPort Airlines, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Pendleton, Oregon, for the two-year period beginning when the carrier inaugurates full service, for a first year subsidy rate of $1,566,729 and $1,608,394 for the second.
    • Order 2010-10-18 (October 26, 2010): re-selecting Alaska Juneau Aeronautics, Inc., d/b/a SeaPort Airlines, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Pendleton, Oregon, for the two-year period from January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2012, for a first-year subsidy rate of $1,463.681 and $1,502.521 for the second.

External links[edit]

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