On stand at North Bend Airport is PenAir’s inaugural service from Portland which launched 21 March. The short 274-kilometre sector will operate daily and will be flown using the carrier’s Saab 340s.
- PenAir launched services between Portland (PDX) and North Bend (OTH) on 21 March. The short 274-kilometre sector between the two Oregon airports will be served daily by the regional carrier, using its Saab 340s on the route. PenAir VP of Marketing & Sales, Melissa Roberts, commented on the tourism boost that the new route will bring to the North Bend area by saying: “We’ll be able to bring more tourists to the area. Maybe not just necessarily the golfers, although I think that’s going to be a huge market for us. But what a beautiful area North Bend is and, I think from a tourism perspective, the airline should be able to help increase those numbers.” Roberts also said that the airline plans to add a second daily flight in the future. The route will face no direct competition according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. SeaPort Airlines used to serve the airport pair until recently, however it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February and has suspended its operations on the sector until further notice. North Bend, known locally as Southwest Oregon Regional Airport is also served by United Airlines with year-round flights from San Francisco and seasonal flights from Denver. See how North Bend Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.