August 04, 2022

Wyden, Merkley: More than $1.5 Million from the FAA to Medford Airport for Crucial Updates

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport will receive more than $1.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for crucial security and health updates.

“The Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport provides essential air service for Southern Oregonians and is a crucial part of our entire state’s economy,” Wyden said. “As a frequent passenger in and out of the Medford Airport, I hear firsthand from Oregonians how they count on this airport and I’mgratified to see federal dollars go toward critical health and safety improvements, so the airport can continue supporting economic growth and tourism for years to come.”

“Safe and reliable travel is important for many Oregonians who fly for business or recreation,” said Senator Merkley. “I am happy to see this funding going to the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport for improvements to help boost their facilities and operations. This funding will allow the airport to continue supporting the economy and businesses of Southern Oregon and connect the region with other major airports in the western United States.” 

These grant funds of $1.55 million from the FAA’s Contract Tower Competitive Grant Program will go toward replacement of aged critical operational equipment including the Airline Control System (ALCS), the addition of closed circuit security cameras, and a new computer. The upgrades to the building include replacing the elevator and adding an air purification system.

“We are very excited to learn that Medford Airport is a recipient of this highly competitive grant.  The funds will go a long way for much needed improvements to our Airport owned Air Traffic Control Tower. The improvements include replacing aging equipment, enhancing facility efficiency and improving the health and safety of the occupants,” said Jerry Brienza, Airport Director of the Rogue Valley International–Medford Airport.