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.
story of the return of Airline Service to Salem:
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:
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.
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