U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced a hefty chunk of funding coming to select rural Oregon airports. All told, roughly $17.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will go to the Corvallis, Pendleton, and Klamath Falls airports.
“Small airports’ reliable air service in rural areas is crucial for Oregonians and our state’s economy,” said Wyden. “…Investing in airport infrastructure lays the groundwork for airports in Corvallis, Pendleton, and Klamath Falls to continue to support jobs, our state’s economic growth and tourism.”
The Corvallis Municipal Airport will receive $2,789,363 for runway reconstruction and an update to runway lighting.
In Pendleton, the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport will receive $4,958,260 for a full reconfiguration of their runway.
The Crater Lake & Klamath Regional Airport will receive $9,750,000 for repairs and rebuilding of their runway.
“Regional airports are vital in connecting rural communities to economic opportunities across the state and beyond,” said Merkley. “…These improvements will not only support the airport, but local economies of these cities and Oregon as a whole.”
Klamath Falls’ City Manager and Acting Airport Director Jonathan Teichert agrees. He said, “We thank Senators Wyden and Merkley for their support in getting this important project funded and recognizing the beneficial impacts it will have for the entire community.”
By Ethan Hauck