Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport

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Rogue Valley International Medford-Airport
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Summary
Airport type Public (formally international)
Owner Jackson County Airport Authority
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 [1]
Map
MFR is located in Oregon
MFR
MFR
MFR is located in the US
MFR
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Location of airport in Oregon / United States
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 8,800 2,682 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 42,063
Based aircraft 215
FAA diagram

Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport[note 1] (IATA: MFR[2]ICAO: KMFRFAA LID: MFR) is a regional public airport three miles north of downtown Medford, in Jackson County, Oregon.[1] Owned and operated by Jackson County's Aviation Authority, the airport serves southwest Oregon and was an international airport from 1994 to 2003.[3]

By commercial passenger boardings, Rogue Valley International–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).[4] 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).[5]

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 has recently undergone 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.[6] 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.[7]

Two fixed-based 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]

The Medford airport continues to post favorable passenger statistics; following monthly gains in 2015 the facility served 757,971 passengers.

Airline service present and past[edit]

Horizon Air operates Bombardier Q400s on all of their flights at Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport, with nonstops to Portland International Airport, Seattle–Tacoma International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. Nonstops to Denver International Airport and San Francisco International Airport, flown by SkyWest Airlines operating as United Express, use Canadair CRJ-700 and ERJ175 regional jets. United Express also operates Canadair CRJ-200 regional jets nonstop to Denver. Delta Connection, operated by SkyWest, flies nonstop to Salt Lake City International Airport with CRJ-200s, CRJ-700s and CRJ-900s. Allegiant Air flies nonstop to Las Vegas and Los Angeles, and seasonally to Phoenix–Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA), with the only "mainline" jet type serving Medford, the MD-80 series and 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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Rogue Valley International—Medford Airport terminal, c. 2009

Passenger[edit]

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

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Ameriflight Klamath Falls, Portland (OR), Roseburg
FedEx Feeder Portland (OR)

Statistics[edit]

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from MFR (Apr 2016 – Mar 2017)[8]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Portland, Oregon 102,000 Alaska
2 San Francisco, California 89,000 United
3 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 74,000 Alaska
4 Los Angeles, California 47,000 Allegiant, Alaska
5 Salt Lake City, Utah 36,000 Delta Connection
6 Denver, Colorado 35,000 United
7 Las Vegas, Nevada 15,000 Allegiant
8 Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona 3,000 Allegiant

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On January 7, 2008, a US Airways Express jet arriving from Las Vegas struck a coyote, killing the coyote. No passenger injuries occurred, and possibly no passenger noticed the collision.[9]

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. ^ Mann, Damian (19 July 2004). "Trade Zone may go dormant". MailTribune.com. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2011" (PDF, 1.7 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Medford airport opens new, $35M terminal - USATODAY.com". 
  7. ^ Damian Mann. "Funds secured for airport tower". MailTribune.com. 
  8. ^ 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 June 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ "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 was an international airport from 1994 until 2003. It decided to keep the "international" designation in its name, helping the airport receive federal grants.

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