Wyden, Merkley: Redmond Airport to Receive $800,000 Federal Grant

Wyden, Merkley: Redmond Airport to Receive $800,000 Federal Grant

U.S. Transportation Department resources will help Central Oregon airport service to Dallas/Ft. Worth

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today the Redmond Airport has earned an $800,000 federal grant to recruit, initiate and support new air service from Central Oregon to Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport.

“Expanded air links for the Redmond Airport strengthen the Central Oregon economy by adding options for visitors attracted by the region’s world-class recreation, and make it easier for local families wanting to connect with loved ones,” Wyden said. “I’m gratified that Redmond has secured this federal support, and will continue working to ensure the airport builds on its role as an essential infrastructure asset for the entire region.”

“Airports play an essential role in helping Oregonians stay connected with friends, family, and our global economy,” said Merkley. “I’m pleased that this grant funding is headed to Redmond, where it will help connect Central Oregon to other major travel hubs, and make a real difference in the lives of our families and the vitality of our local economies. I will continue to do all that I can secure the infrastructure investments Oregonians and Oregon businesses need to get themselves or their products from Point A to Point B with ease.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation said the $800,000 grant from its Small Community Air Service Development Program will support a revenue guarantee and associated marketing program to recruit, initiate and back the new air service to Dallas/Ft. Worth. International Airport (DFW).

"The Airport is excited to be able to offer all our businesses and customers a new destination,” said Airport Director Zachary P. Bass. “We know there is a strong link between Dallas and Central Oregon."