Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport
Rogue Valley International Medford-Airport
|Owner||Jackson County Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||1,335 ft / 407 m|
Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport[note 1] (IATA: MFR, ICAO: KMFR, FAA LID: MFR) is a public-use airport three miles north of downtown Medford, in Jackson County, Oregon. 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.
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. 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). 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).
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. 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.
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.
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
Horizon Air operates Bombardier Q400s on all of their flights at Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport, with nonstops to Portland International Airport and Seattle–Tacoma 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 ERJ-175 regional jets as well as the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-900 for select San Francisco and Denver flights. United Express also operates Canadair CRJ-200 regional jets nonstop to Denver. Delta Connection, operated by Compass Airlines, flies nonstop to Salt Lake City International Airport and Seattle–Tacoma International Airport with ERJ-175s. Allegiant Air flies nonstop to Las Vegas and Los Angeles, and seasonally to Phoenix–Mesa Gateway Airport, 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
Airlines and destinations
|Alaska Airlines||Portland (OR), Seattle/Tacoma|
|Allegiant Air|| Las Vegas, Los Angeles|
Seasonal: Phoenix/Mesa, San Diego (begins June 5, 2020)
|American Eagle||Los Angeles, Phoenix–Sky Harbor|
|Delta Connection||Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma|
|United Airlines||Denver, San Francisco|
|United Express||Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco|
|Ameriflight||Klamath Falls, Portland (OR), Roseburg|
|FedEx Feeder||Portland (OR)|
|1||Seattle/Tacoma, Washington||131,000||Alaska, Delta|
|3||San Francisco, California||82,000||United|
|4||Los Angeles, California||70,370||Allegiant, American, United|
|6||Salt Lake City, Utah||46,020||Delta|
|8||Las Vegas, Nevada||16,160||Allegiant|
Accidents and incidents
- FAA Airport Master Record for MFR ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective November 15, 2012.
- "IATA Airport Code Search (MFR: Medford / Jackson County)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
- "The History of Aviation in Rogue Valley". Jackson County Airport Authority. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
- Mann, Damian (19 July 2004). "Trade Zone may go dormant". MailTribune.com. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
- "Rogue Valley International Airport Dec 18 Pass Flow". Rogue Valley International Airport. Rogue Valley International Airport.
- "Enplanements for CY 2011" (PDF, 1.7 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 9, 2012.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Medford airport opens new, $35M terminal - USATODAY.com".
- Damian Mann. "Funds secured for airport tower". MailTribune.com.
- Liu, Jim. "Allegiant Air further expands S20 network in June 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
- Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). "Medford, OR: Rogue Valley International (MFR) Scheduled Services except Freight/Mail". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Retrieved 23 Feb 2020.
- "Medford, OR: Rogue Valley International - Medford (MFR)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Retrieved 23 Feb 2020.
- "Jet hits coyote at Oregon airport; coyote dies". The Seattle Times. January 8, 2008. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011.
- The airport retains "international" status, though the U.S. Customs Office closed in 2003 .
- Airport Website 
- Businesses at MFR: Million Air Medford, Medford Air Service, Jet Center MFR
- (PDF), effective June 18, 2020
- FAA Terminal Procedures for MFR, effective June 18, 2020
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