Return of Commercial Air Service

If you support having additional airlines provide service to Salem, below are the airlines with the best potential to serve Salem and the possible cities they would serve from Salem. You are encouraged to contact them. Click on the "Contact Us" link to reach thier customer service.

Allegiant Air
Non Stop Service to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Phoenix/Mesa and San Diego
(702) 505-8888
Contact Us

Delta Air Lines
Non Stop Service to Salt Lake City
(800) 221-1212
Contact Us

Horizon Air
Non Stop Service Los Angeles and Seattle
(800) 547-9308
Contact Us

SkyWest
Non Stop Service to Denver, San Francisco and Seattle as United
Non Stop Service to Salt Lake City as Delta
(435) 634-3000

Contact Us

United Airlines
Non Stop Service to Denver, San Francisco and Seattle.
(800) 864-8331
Contact Us

US Airways
Non Stop Service to Phoenix
(800) 428-4322
Contact Us
 
 

 

The story of the return of Airline Service to Salem:
City officials have had conversations with a number of different carriers between 2000 and 2007. These carriers included Horizon Air, Delta Air Lines, Allegiant Airlines and Big Sky Airlines.

To have Delta Air Lines return commercial airline service to Salem, The Salem Municipal Airport applied for a $500,000 grant from the US Department of Transportation Small Community Air Service Program. Salem competed with cities all over the United States and was successful in winning the full amount it applied for. As part of the grant, Salem Area Businesses were to contribute $100,000 for marketing the new service. With the help from the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, $75,000 was raised, the Oregon Department of Aviation contributed the remaining $25,000 from its Oregon Air Service Initiative Program. The Salem Airport also contributed over $50,000 in kind donations from waived landing fees for the first year.

The most recent conversations had been with Delta Air Lines with twice daily service to Salt Lake City, with connections to 111 locations, and a possible daily flight to Los Angeles with 31 domestic connections. There would be 3 international connections from Salt Lake City and 15 international connections from Los Angeles. They are using 50 passenger regional jets. The Small Community Air Service Grant described above and another $500,000 travel bank was raised by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce from local businesses and was offered to Delta, along with a $100,000 marketing package. This effort was successful with Delta beginning service on June 7, 2007. The service ended on October 9, 2008 due to rising fuel prices.

Earlier conversations with Horizon Air indicated the service would start with three daily flights to Seattle-Tacoma Airport (Sea-Tac) on a 37 passenger turbo-prop aircraft. From there, travelers would have the option of 63 domestic and 13 international connecting opportunities. Click below to see the opportunities:

....................The Cities (PDF)................ The Route Map (jpg)

Horizon Air still looks at the Salem market as to whether to return or not. It is a bottom line issue and the service must show a profit for Horizon Air. We still keep in contact with Horizon Air and Salem has the most to offer over any other city seeking passenger plane service.

Allegiant Airlines would provide 4 times weekly service to Las Vegas. The will use 130 passenger MD 83 jets. Allegiant is very interested in serving Salem and conversations continue.

Air service history in Salem
1950's to 1979, United Airlines with service to multiple US locations
July 15, 1982 to April 30, 1994, Horizon Airlines with turbo-prop service to Portland
June 7, 2007 to October 9, 2008, Delta Air Lines with regional jet service to Salt Lake City
April 25, 2011 SeaPort Airlines begins sevice to Newport and Portland continuing to Seattle with a turbo-prop.

 

 

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