Airport will seek Delta service in 2014

NORTH BEND, Ore.-- The Southwest Oregon Regional Airport in North Bend is hoping to add one more airline to the list of carriers serving the South Coast's only airport offering commercial airline service.

Coos County Airport Commission Chairman Joe Benetti said despite the upcoming closure of the airport's control tower and a current dispute between the City of North Bend about airport fire protection service, the airport is actively persuing an agreement to begin commercial service with Delta Air Lines beginning hopefully in 2014.

"We think adding an eastbound route would be a great thing for our customers and this area," Benetti said. "There is lots of interest in getting an eastbound route established."

Benetti said the route would be operated by Skywest Airlines on behalf of Delta, and since Skywest already operates out of North Bend, the airline and the airport already know each other.

Right now Skywest Airlines operates one flight daily during non-summer months and two flights daily during the summer travel season through the month of November as United Express. If an agreement is reached with Skywest about new eastbound service, Skywest would operate as both United Express and Delta Connection.

If approved, Salt Lake City would be the third city passengers can fly out of North Bend to. Currently passengers can only fly to San Francisco and Portland on Seaport Airlines and United Express.