REDMOND, OR -- The Redmond Airport is preparing for a large expansion project that could cost upwards of $200 million. Airport Director Zach Bass says it’ll be paid for through various sources and won’t ask taxpayers for additional money. “Another revenue bond; when I say ‘bond,’ it’s just on the airport. It’s not a GO [general obligation] bond. And then, quite a bit of FAA money that we’ve been competing for and been successful at, will help us get to that at least initial phase one of $100 million.”
Bass promises Roberts Field won’t lose its small-town Central Oregon charm. “The loyalty we’ve seen from Central Oregon customers has been awesome. 88% of people that fly out of Central Oregon are using Redmond. Only 11% are going to Portland. Hopefully with this expansion, we can continue to offer those services and new services that you’re looking for; but also keep that small-town feel, right? We want views of the mountains. We want a lot of glass. We want a cozy, friendly, fast and clean feel,” he said, adding, “what this will do is bring us up to the next level. We’ll have what could be up to a $200 million project, but at least $100 million will be put into a large ‘hold room,’ jet bridges, more concessions, retail. And so, that’s what the customers will probably see even beginning as early as next fall.”
Bass says travel volumes are back to pre-pandemic levels and people expect certain amenities.