Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) is a small-hub airport in Central Oregon with nearly 950,000 passengers annually pre-pandemic. With more than 4.5 million annual visitors and a rapidly growing population and business environment, RDM needs to meet the needs of both the business and leisure traveler. RDM, in coordination with the Central Oregon Air Service Team (COAST), hired Mead & Hunt in 2003 to assist with air service development efforts. RDM’s passengers and available seats have quadrupled since this time, with RDM nearly reaching one million origin and destination passengers in 2019.
Annually, Mead & Hunt completes comprehensive market and route analyses, airline headquarters meetings, one-on-one airline meetings at industry conferences, updates to RDM’s airline incentive program, and regular market monitoring to support RDM’s success. Mead & Hunt has also facilitated four successful Small Community Air Service Development Program grant applications, providing over $1.5 million to support air service development.
Over the last five years, RDM has seen numerous air service additions. Most recently, Alaska Airlines announced the initiation of nonstop service to San Jose. Mead & Hunt supported this air service initiative through numerous market analyses, headquarters meetings, and industry conference meetings. In addition, Avelo Airlines began nonstop service to Burbank, California in 2021.