Eastern Oregon Regional Airport
Eastern Oregon Regional Airport
Pendleton Army Airfield
|Owner||City of Pendleton|
|Serves||Pendleton, Oregon, United States|
|Elevation AMSL||1,497 ft / 456 m|
Eastern Oregon Regional Airport (IATA: PDT, ICAO: KPDT, FAA LID: PDT) (Eastern Oregon Regional Airport at Pendleton) is a public airport three miles northwest of Pendleton, in Umatilla County, Oregon. Commercial service is provided 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, 3,828 in 2009, 4,898 in 2010 and 4,305 in 2015. 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).
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).
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.
Historical airline service
United Airlines served Pendleton from the 1930s until 1981. Jet service appeared in 1968; United Boeing 727-100s, 727-200s and 737-200s flew nonstop mainly to Portland and Boise. In the late 1960s and into the 1970s, United flew direct 727s to Salt Lake City, Chicago, and Newark or Washington (DCA). In 1969 United 727-100s flew Portland - Pendleton - Boise - Salt Lake City - Chicago O'Hare Airport - Pittsburgh - Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton - New York Newark Airport and Des Moines - Denver - Salt Lake City - Boise - Pendleton - Portland in addition to flying daily Boeing 737-200 service with a round trip routing of Pendleton - Portland - Eugene - Medford - San Francisco (SFO) for a total of three jet departures a day. By 1981 United was operating two daily Boeing 727-200s from Pendleton: a nonstop to Portland continuing to San Francisco and a nonstop to Salt Lake City continuing to Denver.
Earlier in the 1960s United Douglas DC-6s, DC-7s and Convair 340s served Pendleton. In 1966 the airport was stop on a daily flight between Washington state and Oklahoma jointly operated by United and Continental Airlines as an interchange service with a Douglas DC-6B flying Seattle - Portland - Pendleton - Boise - Salt Lake City - Denver - Wichita - Tulsa while United was operating twice daily round trip Portland - Pendleton - Spokane DC-6s.
In later years, regional air carrier Horizon Air, a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, flew Fairchild Swearingen Metroliners followed by Fairchild F-27s and de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8s to Portland before ending service to Pendleton. The airport was also served by Portland-based Air Oregon with Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner commuter propjets during the late 1970s and early 1980s with nonstop flights to Portland and Boise as well as to other destinations in Oregon which were served with small Piper Navajo prop aircraft before this commuter airline was acquired by Horizon Air. In 1981, Air Oregon was operating up to three nonstop flights a day to Portland with Metroliner aircraft before being acquired by Horizon Air later that same year. By 1983, Horizon Air was operating two nonstop flights a day to Portland with Metroliner aircraft and in 1985 the airline was operating up to three nonstop flights a day to Portland, two with Metroliner aircraft and the third with a Fairchild F-27 turboprop. By 1999, Horizon Air was operating only one daily flight from Pendleton with nonstop de Havilland DHC-8 Dash 8 turboprop service to Portland.
Recent and current airline service
On October 21, 2008, SeaPort Airlines was awarded a two-year grant under the federal Essential Air Service (EAS) program to provide commercial service from Portland to Pendleton beginning December 1, 2008, replacing the previous subsidized service operated by Horizon Air. 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.
Boutique Air was then awarded a contract for 21 round-trips a week between Pendleton and Portland using Pilatus PC-12 turboprop 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 subsidized under the EAS program. Boutique Air is currently operating scheduled passenger service only to Portland from the airport.
|Boutique Air||Portland (OR)|
|FedEx Feeder||La Grande, Spokane|
|1||Portland, (OR)||6,390||Boutique Air|
- FAA Airport Master Record for PDT ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "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.
- http://www.timetableimages.com, April 27, 1969 United timetable
- http://www.departedflights.com, April 1, 1981 Official Airline Guide
- http://www.timetableimages.com, June 1, 1961 United timetable
- http://www.timetableimages.com, April 24, 1966 United timetable
- http://www.timetableimages.com, Aug. 5, 1979 Air Oregon timetable
- http://www.departedflights.com, April 1, 1981 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Portland flight schedules
- http://www.departedflights.com, July 1, 1983 & Feb. 15, 1985 Official Airline Guide (OAG) editions, Portland flight schedules
- http://www.departedflights.com, June 1, 1999 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Portland flight schedules
- "2008-10-25 Order Reselecting Carrier and Setting Final Subsidy Rates". U.S. Department of Transportation. October 24, 2008.
- Mutzabaugh, Ben (September 21, 2016). "SeaPort Airlines shuts down, faces liquidation". USA Today. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
- "Boutique Air awarded Pendleton EAS contract". ch-aviation. September 30, 2016. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
- "RITA - BTS - Transtats". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
- "Pendleton, OR: Eastern Oregon Regional at Pendleton (PDT)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
- 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.
Media related to Eastern Oregon Regional Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Eastern Oregon Regional Airport at City of Pendleton website
- Aerial image as of May 1994 from USGS The National Map
- (PDF), effective June 20, 2019
- FAA Terminal Procedures for PDT, effective June 20, 2019
- Resources for this airport: