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Redmond Airport Welcomes New Direct Air Service to Chicago and Implements New Parking Fees

Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) announces United Airlines (UA) will offer direct daily service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) beginning June 6, 2019. The new seasonal non-stop flights will depart daily from RDM at 11:45 P.M., arriving in ORD at 5:15 A.M.  Departures to RDM will leave ORD at 7:30 P.M., arriving in RDM at 9:45 P.M.

 

“This will be the longest eastbound direct flight offered at RDM,” states Redmond Mayor George Endicott. “United Airlines has more than 500 outbound flights departing daily from Chicago, significantly increasing travel options for Central Oregon business and leisure passengers connecting through O’ Hare Airport.”

 

The daily non-stop flights will be operated by SkyWest Inc. dba United Express, utilizing the Embraer 175 series aircraft which accommodates up to 76 passengers, configured with 12 recliner seats in first class, 16 seats in the airline’s premium economy-lite section, and 48 seats in coach.

 

Chicago’s O’Hare airport (ORD) is one of the largest and busiest airports in the world. With the assistance of the Central Oregon Air Service Team (COAST) this opportunity was presented to and accepted by United Airlines in December of 2018.

 

In conjunction with more flights comes news of updated parking fees for 2019…

 

Effective January 1, 2019, the maximum daily parking rate will increase from $10.00 to $15.00.  The current $1.00 fee for the first 30 minutes, and the $2.00 hourly rate (31 minutes plus) remain unchanged.  The additional change is that the seventh consecutive day will no longer be waived or discounted.

 

For the past five years RDM has experienced record passenger growth.  The existing 1,150 capacity parking lot has reached capacity several times as the daily passenger count has risen from 1,400 in 2013 to an estimated 2,500 in 2018.  Passengers and customers will experience the benefits of this rate increase through numerous capital improvements that will take place as a result of the fee increase – improvements which include a 300 increase in spaces to the parking lot.

 

The new fee will affect customers who park after midnight, January 1, 2019.

 

With the increase RDM’s daily rate compares favorably to that of airports of similar size such as Eugene ($14/day) and Medford ($15/day).

 

Parking availability at RDM fluctuates in accordance with the airport’s arriving and departing flight schedule. Parking lot attendants will monitor availability and will periodically update the airport’s website. To help RDM passengers ‘know before they go’, RDM officials encourage passengers to view the Airport’s website at www.flyrdm.com and consider choosing alternative ground transportation options (found at http://www.flyrdm.com/?Ground-Transportation) The airport also encourages passengers to be prepared to leave, or arrive, in winter weather conditions that may present slippery or hazardous conditions. Allow extra time for driving and walking, safely, in winter conditions.

 

The curb at the front of the terminal is for active loading and unloading only.  Vehicles are not permitted to wait at the curb.  Violations are subject to a $50.00 citation.  The approved “cell phone waiting” area is free and is located across the street from the Airport along SW Salmon Avenue.

 

Additional helpful travel links to Airport information, TSA and air carriers that serve RDM can be found online at www.flyrdm.com.

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