MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s been a good year for the Rogue-Valley International Medford Airport.
Passenger traffic is at an all-time high.
Last year, the airport saw more than 1 million passengers pass through its doors.
This June, they had a record number of 107,241 passengers.
“We’re right at about 499,000 passengers to date,” said Debbie Smith, Deputy Director of Security at the Rogue-Valley International Medford Airport. “We’re almost at the half a million mark. So, if things go as projected… we could see a million-plus in December.”
Smith says they believe a reason for the growth is southern Oregon’s tourism and wine industries.
As foot traffic continues to grow, there are also plans to open a new “jet bridge” or loading bridge; the bridge is like an arm connected to the building.
It would replace outdoor stairs leading up to an aircraft.
Smith says the bridge is essential for boarding passengers on larger planes.
Amanda Rose is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. Amanda graduated from Columbia University earning a Master’s degree in Journalism. She also received a Bachelor’s degree in English with a specialization in literature from the University of British Columbia. She’s a Los Angeles native, but is thrilled to return to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and is passionate about reporting on the criminal justice system.