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As Tourism Economy Takes Off, The Sky's The Limit For Eugene Airport

Brian Bull

It’s been a good year for the Eugene Airport.  On top of landing carriers Southwest Airlines and Avelo Airlines, the facility has also received a $5.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.  

The money will be used to rebuild the runway and make lighting and taxiway improvements.

Meanwhile, Avelo began its non-stop service to the Hollywood Burbank Airport on Wednesday (May 12).   And Southwest Airlines will begin daily non-stop flights to Las Vegas and Oakland, beginning August 29th.

The news signals what Eugene city leaders and tourism officials hope is a long-awaited rebound from the pandemic’s crippling effects on the travel economy.

Note: The Eugene Airport is a KLCC underwriter.

Copyright 2021, KLCC.

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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