Delta customers soon
will have additional reason to fly Delta between Oregon and the airline’s
Salt Lake City hub. Beginning March 1, 2005, Delta Connection carrier
SkyWest Airlines will introduce new daily nonstop jet service between Salt
Lake City and Medford, Ore., and between Salt Lake City and Redmond/Bend,
Ore., doubling the number of Delta destinations in the Beaver State. Customers in both Medford and Redmond/Bend will enjoy two daily flights to
Salt Lake City, where they will have access to more than 375 daily Delta
and Delta Connection flights to 80 destinations. The new service will be
operated with Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets.
With the new service, Delta and Delta Connection carriers will offer
Oregon customers a total of 19 daily departures from four hometown
airports—Eugene, Medford, Portland and Redmond/Bend.
“Delta’s new schedule will give Oregon travelers more options,” said Sen.
Gordon Smith. “Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the new flights
will attract commerce and tourism that will benefit Oregon’s economy.”
Added Sen. Ron Wyden, “These new travel options mean even more people will
be able to enjoy and help to grow central and southern Oregon’s unique
business and recreational opportunities. I can attest that Delta’s
confidence in these regions is well-placed.”
Delta Connection’s new service at Medford will connect customers directly
to the industrial, medical and service center of Southern Oregon and
Northern California. Visitors to Medford also enjoy excellent whitewater
rafting, snow skiing, hiking, fishing and renowned Oregon wineries.
Redmond/Bend, Ore., meanwhile, is located east of Oregon’s Cascade
mountain range and is considered one of the fastest growing industrial and
residential communities in the state.
“Residents of Southern and Central Oregon welcome Delta’s new service from
Salt Lake City,” said U.S. Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon’s second
congressional district. “These new options will make traveling easier for
business fliers as well as vacationers. It’s another sign that our economy
is gaining strength, and it’s also another asset for our communities as
they recruit new businesses to our part of Oregon. While Central and
Southern Oregon are well served today, as a frequent flyer I can tell you
additional carriers and routes are a real benefit.”