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
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 Rogue Valley International
MFR is located in Oregon
Location of airport in Oregon
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 8,800 2,682 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 42,063
Based aircraft 215
FAA airport diagram for MFR

Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport[note 1] (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 southwest Oregon and it was an international airport from 1994 to 2003.[3]

In terms of 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] 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).[5]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport covers an area of 905 acres (366 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.[6] 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.[7]

Two fixed-based operators (FBOs) currently provide general aviation services on the field: 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]

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

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 International Airport(PDX), Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Nonstop service to Denver International Airport (DEN) and San Francisco International Airport (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. Delta Connection, operated by SkyWest, flies nonstop service to Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), with Canadair CRJ-200, CRJ-700 and CRJ-900 regional jets. Allegiant Air flies nonstop to Las Vegas (LAS) and Los Angeles (LAX), and also seasonally to Phoenix–Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA), with the only "mainline" jet aircraft type currently serving Medford, being the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 series jetliner and Airbus A319.

Historically, Medford was served by United Airlines flying Boeing 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 Corporation 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 later became 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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Rogue Valley International—Medford Airport terminal, c. 2009


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 Salt Lake City
United Express Denver, San Francisco


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


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from MFR (Jan – Dec 2015)[8]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Portland, Oregon 109,000 Horizon
2 San Francisco, California 69,000 United Express
3 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 60,000 Horizon
4 Los Angeles, California 44,000 Allegiant, Horizon
5 Salt Lake City, Utah 35,000 Delta Connection
6 Denver, Colorado 27,000 United Express
7 Las Vegas, Nevada 16,000 Allegiant
8 Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona 4,000 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]


  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". Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2011" (PDF, 1.7 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Medford airport opens new, $35M terminal -". 
  7. ^ Damian Mann. "Funds secured for airport tower". 
  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 July 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Jet hits coyote at Oregon airport; coyote dies". The Seattle Times. January 8, 2008. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. 


  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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