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Rogue Valley International Medford-Airport
Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport Logo.jpg
Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport - Oregon.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerJackson County Airport Authority
Serves Medford, Oregon
Elevation  AMSL1,335 ft / 407 m
Coordinates 42°22′27″N 122°52′25″W / 42.37417°N 122.87361°W / 42.37417; -122.87361

42°22′27″N 122°52′25″W / 42.37417°N 122.87361°W / 42.37417; -122.87361
Website [1]
MFR is located in Oregon
Location of airport in Oregon / United States
MFR is located in the US
MFR (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 8,800 2,682 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations42,063
Based aircraft215
FAA diagram

Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport [note 1] ( IATA: MFR [2], ICAO: KMFR, FAA LID: MFR) is an international airport three miles north of downtown Medford, in Jackson County, Oregon. [1] 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. [3] [4]

In December of 2018, the airport celebrated its 1 million+ annual passenger milestone. Joining PDX and EUG as the only other two airports in Oregon history to surpass 1 million passengers in a year [5]. By 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). [6] 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). [7]


The airport covers 905 acres (366 ha) at an elevation of 1,335 feet (407 m). Its runway, 14/32, is 8,800 by 150 feet (2,682 x 46 m) asphalt. [1]

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. [8] 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. [9]

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. [1]

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

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 SkyWest, flies nonstop to Salt Lake City International Airport and Seattle–Tacoma International Airport with CRJ-200s, CRJ-700s, CRJ-900s and ERJ-175s. Allegiant Air flies nonstop to Las Vegas and Los Angeles, and seasonally to Phoenix–Mesa Gateway Airport, using the MD-80 series and 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

Rogue Valley International—Medford Airport terminal, c. 2009


Alaska Airlines Portland (OR), Seattle/Tacoma
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Los Angeles
Seasonal: Phoenix/Mesa
American Eagle Los Angeles, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Delta Connection Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma
United Airlines Denver, San Francisco
United Express Denver, Los Angeles, [10] San Francisco


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


Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from MFR (October 2017 – September 2018) [11]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 San Francisco, California 103,000 United, United Express
2 Portland, Oregon 96,000 Alaska
3 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 96,000 Alaska, Delta Connection
4 Los Angeles, California 55,000 Allegiant, American Eagle
5 Denver, Colorado 50,000 United, United Express
6 Salt Lake City, Utah 39,000 Delta Connection
7 Phoenix, Arizona 21,000 American Eagle
8 Las Vegas, Nevada 16,000 Allegiant
9 Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona 3,000 Allegiant

Accidents and incidents

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. [12]


  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. ^ "The History of Aviation in Rogue Valley". Jackson County Airport Authority. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  4. ^ Mann, Damian (19 July 2004). "Trade Zone may go dormant". Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2011" ( PDF, 1.7 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 9, 2012.
  7. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
  8. ^ "Medford airport opens new, $35M terminal -".
  9. ^ Damian Mann. "Funds secured for airport tower".
  10. ^ "United continues domestic routes expansion in 2018". RoutesOnline. November 20, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  11. ^ 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 December 17, 2018.
  12. ^ "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 retains "international" status, though the U.S. Customs Office closed in 2003 .

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