Local airports receive $500,000 grants to expand services

Local airports receive $500,000 grants to expand services

Posted: Apr. 15, 2019 6:22 PM
Updated: Apr. 15, 2019 6:22 PM

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story tonight-- the swatch 12's andryanna sheppard is live at the rogue valley international medford airport. she shows us how the airport plans to use that grant money. the rogue valley international medford-airport was just one of three oregon airports to get that grant. it hopes to use that money to convince more airlines to come and to get more flights into new cities. nats airplane touching down right now the rogue valley international medford airport has five airlines that fly directly to a few cities---including salt lake city. rawlings says: "it would be nice if there were a few more flights in and out of our small airport but it's nice that we have two a day. jennifer says: "there aren't many options but it is what it is." kapali says: "it's getting bigger so there's more people coming in and out and it would be nice if there were more flights." airport director jerry brienza hopes to change that with the 500 thousand dollar rural oregon aviation relief grant. jerry says: "we're looking difficult for the airlines to pull the plug because they have other major cities that they could be putting this equipment in so it's dangling the carrot out there." brienza says the airport is looking at more cities and more airlines. he says the grant will allow the medford airport to pay those airlines if that service to a specific city doesn't make as much money as planned. jerry says: "we're hoping not to spend a dime of it but it's really nice to have in our own back pocket to present to them when they are considering possibly two cities similar in size and which city they are going to go to we can say we have this money for you to mitigate your risk." along with that 500 thousand dollars, brienza says local businesses and the community have come together and put in 50 thousand dollars. the airport's is also asking for 200 thousand dollars in its budget. that hasn't been approved yet. this airport wasn't the only one in our region to get this grant. the crater lake-klamath regional airport hopes to use it try and get another commercial airline to come to the area. live in medford, andryanna sheppard,
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