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Commercial Air Service Development & Marketing Fund

The Commercial Air Service Development & Marketing Fund is a multi-year strategy investment made to build an Air Service Development Fund. The development fund is designed to provide the leverage necessary to be a successful applicant for federal Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) grants, as SCASDP grants require a community match commitment, and for commercial airline revenue guarantee requirements.

This investment was necessary to help fund the required seat Revenue Guarantee mandated by United Airlines and Sun Country Airlines to launch new, non-stop daily commercial air service between RDM/Bend and ORD/Chicago and LAS/Las Vegas, respectively.

Outside of the RDM Airport Terminal

Goals

78% of Central Oregon Stakeholders identified Air Service retention and development as of moderate to extremely high importance. The goal for the Commercial Air Service Development and Marketing Fund is to maintain existing flight frequency and air carrier commitment at RDM and, optimally, grow non-stop air service routes by 5%.

Eagle Statue in front of Roberts Field Redmond Municipal Airport

Outcome

Not only was a new route to Chicago and a new carrier added to service RDM, United Airlines also started new, non-stop commercial air service between RDM and LAX. In June 2018, United Airlines began a third flight from Redmond to Denver, and an additional flight on Saturdays from Redmond to San Francisco for summer.

Additionally, Allegiant Air announced their return to RDM with year-round, twice-weekly flights to both LAS/Las Vegas and AZA/Phoenix-Mesa starting October 2019.

14% Increased Departures
~3600 Additional Flights Every Year
20% More Seats Sold

Results

RDM’s departures and seats have increased, they have maintained existing markets and added new nonstop markets. In nearly every market, departures have grown with some markets served by more than one carrier (Los Angeles and Seattle). Currently there are 60-64 daily direct flights arriving into and departing from RDM, up from 52 daily direct flights in 2017. Departures increased 14% from calendar year 2017 to 2018 while seats increased 20%. The seat increase is due to the departure increase and the use of larger regional jets and some mainline aircraft.

As mentioned above, after pulling out from RDM Roberts Field in 2012, Allegiant Air announced June 2019, their return to RDM with year-round, twice-weekly flights to both LAS/Las Vegas and AZA/Phoenix-Mesa starting October 2019. Allegiant's return to Redmond makes them the sixth airline serving the airport, joining Alaska Air, American, United, Delta and Sun Country.

Moving Forward

The Central Oregon Air Service Team (COAST), in support of RDM airport, has been successful in securing new service and maintaining existing service through SCASDP grants, marketing incentives and marketing campaigns targeting direct flight markets. Continued relationship-building with airlines will ensure that existing commercial air service to the region is retained and enhanced with additional frequency and non-stop routes.

Commercial air service that is both frequent and competitively priced is vital for Central Oregon’s tourism and economic success. For Central Oregon to remain competitive it is imperative that COAST efforts continue to sustain and grow our commercial air service.

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