Salem gets $ 850k federal grant to attract airlines to Salem Airport

With an $ 850,000 federal grant to attract airlines, Salem Municipal Airport is one step closer to providing commercial air service to the region.

But McNary Field is still a long time – and millions of dollars – away from being more than a general aviation airport.

Potential flight destinations could include Phoenix, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, according to a statement released jointly Thursday from US senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.

“Regional air service through small airports just like this one in Oregon’s capital city are crucial to our state’s economy,” Wyden said in the statement. “I am gratified to see these dollars go toward expanding regional air service in Salem to have a more accessible option for travel in and out of the Mid-Willamette Valley. Investing in smaller airports like the Salem Airport lays the groundwork to continue to support our state’s economic growth and tourism. “

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