Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport

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Rogue Valley International Medford-Airport
Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport Logo.jpg
Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport - Oregon.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerJackson County Airport Authority
ServesRogue Valley
Elevation AMSL1,335 ft / 407 m
Coordinates42°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[1]
Map
MFR is located in Oregon
MFR
MFR
Location of airport in Oregon / United States
MFR is located in the United States
MFR
MFR
MFR (the United States)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 8,800 2,682 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations42,063
Based aircraft215
FAA diagram

Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport[note 1] (IATA: MFR[2], ICAO: KMFR, FAA LID: MFR) is a public-use airport three miles north of downtown Medford, in Jackson County, Oregon, United States.[1] Owned and operated by Jackson County's Aviation Authority, the airport serves southwest Oregon. Originally named Medford–Jackson County Airport, it was renamed to Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport after it became an international airport in 1994.[3][4]

In December of 2018, the airport celebrated its 1 million+ annual passenger milestone. In doing so Medford joined both PDX and EUG as the only Oregon airports to have surpassed 1 million passengers in a year.[5] By virtue of annual commercial passengers, Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport is the third busiest airport in Oregon with 1,010,920 passenger enplanements and deplanements in 2018 (behind Eugene and Portland).[6][7] 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).[8]

Facilities[edit]

The airport covers 905 acres (366 ha) at an elevation of 1,335 feet (407 m). Its runway, 14/32, is 8,800 by 150 feet (2,682 x 46 m) asphalt.[1]

The airport underwent renovations which included a new 110,000 sq ft (10,000 m2) terminal building with room for expansion; work completed in 2009 and designed by CSHQA and the Abell Architectural Group Inc.[9] The new terminal has an observation deck on the second floor, a restaurant for screened and unscreened passengers, and second-story loading bridges. Now that the terminal is complete, there is a main concourse, and two open air concourses. A new control tower was completed in late 2008; the $3.6 million, 100-foot-tall (30 m) tower uses a state-of-the-art geothermal system to heat and cool the building.[10]

Two fixed-base operators (FBOs) provide general aviation services on the field: 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 this airport: 67% single-engine, 14% jet, 10% multi-engine, 4% glider, and 4% helicopter.[1]

In the year ending December 31, 2020, the airport had 41,563 aircraft operations, average 114 per day: 59% general aviation, 22% airline, 16% air taxi, and less than 1% military.[11] 201 aircraft at the time were based at the airport: 139 single-engine, 25 multi-engine, 22 jet, 15 helicopter, and 5 glider.[1]

The Medford airport continues to post favorable passenger statistics; following monthly gains in 2019 the facility served 1,087,873 arriving and departing passengers (increase of 7.6% over 2018 statistic).

Airline service present and past[edit]

Alaska Airlines offers nonstops to Portland and Seattle/Tacoma. Nonstops to Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco, flown by SkyWest Airlines operating as United Express, use Bombardier CRJ200 and Embraer 175 regional jets as well as the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-900 for select San Francisco, LAX, and Denver flights. Delta Connection, operated by Skywest Airlines, flies nonstop to Salt Lake City and Seattle/Tacoma with the Embraer 175. Allegiant Air flies nonstop to Las Vegas and Los Angeles, and seasonally to Phoenix/Mesa, using the Airbus A319.

Medford was served by United Airlines Boeing 727-200s and 737-200s, by Hughes Airwest (formerly Air West) Douglas DC-9-10s and DC-9-30s, by Pacific Express BAC One-Elevens, and by Pacific Southwest Airlines BAe 146-200s. The PSA service was continued by USAir (later renamed US Airways) after it acquired PSA. USAir later ended service to Medford though US Airways Express did serve Medford later with regional jets. The predecessor of Air West and Hughes Airwest, West Coast Airlines, served the airport in the 1960s with Douglas DC-9s and Fairchild F-27s. West Coast merged with Pacific Air Lines and Bonanza Air Lines to form Air West. In the late 1980s and early 1990s United Express operated as NPA, West Air and Mesa flying British Aerospace Jetstreams (19 seat turboprops) directly to both Portland and Seattle. Continental Airlines also served MFR in the late 1980s with MD-82 aircraft.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Rogue Valley International—Medford Airport terminal, c. 2009

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
aha! Reno/Tahoe
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles, Portland (OR), Seattle/Tacoma
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County
Seasonal: Phoenix/Mesa, San Diego
American Eagle Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Avelo Airlines Burbank
Delta Connection Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma
United Airlines Denver, San Francisco
United Express Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Ameriflight Klamath Falls, Portland (OR), Roseburg
FedEx Feeder Portland (OR)

Top destinations[edit]

Top domestic routes out of MFR
(September 2020 - August 2021)
[12]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 116,950 Alaska, Delta
2 Denver, Colorado 56,520 United
3 Phoenix, Arizona 39,830 American
4 Salt Lake City, Utah 35,420 Delta
5 San Francisco, California 33,660 United
6 Los Angeles, California 32,600 Allegiant, United, Alaska
7 Las Vegas, Nevada 17,330 Allegiant
8 Portland, Oregon 17,320 Alaska
9 Burbank, California 6,160 Avelo

Airline market share[edit]

Largest airlines at MFR
(September 2020 - August 2021)
[13]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 SkyWest Airlines 369,000 50.58%
2 Horizon Air 221,000 30.26%
3 Allegiant Air 76,850 10.52%
4 United Airlines 39,050 5.35%
5 Avelo Airlines 12,270 1.68%
-- All others 11,810 1.62%

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On January 7, 2008, a US Airways Express jet arriving from Las Vegas struck and killed a coyote. No passenger injuries occurred, and possibly no passenger noticed the collision.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Form 5010 for MFR 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. ^ "The History of Aviation in Rogue Valley". Jackson County Airport Authority. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  4. ^ Mann, Damian (19 July 2004). "Trade Zone may go dormant". MailTribune.com. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  5. ^ "StackPath".
  6. ^ "Rogue Valley International Airport Dec 18 Pass Flow". Rogue Valley International Airport. Rogue Valley International Airport.
  7. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2011" (PDF, 1.7 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 9, 2012.
  8. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
  9. ^ "Medford airport opens new, $35M terminal - USATODAY.com".
  10. ^ Damian Mann. "Funds secured for airport tower". MailTribune.com.
  11. ^ FAA. "Facility Dashboard - MFR". Retrieved 1 Dec 2021.
  12. ^ Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). "Medford, OR: Rogue Valley International (MFR) Scheduled Services except Freight/Mail". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Retrieved 1 Dec 2021.
  13. ^ "Medford, OR: Rogue Valley International - Medford (MFR)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Retrieved 1 Dec 2021.
  14. ^ "Jet hits coyote at Oregon airport; coyote dies". The Seattle Times. January 8, 2008. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The airport retains "international" status, though the U.S. Customs Office closed in 2003 .

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