PenAir returns air service to K Falls

Local leaders are walking on air after an announcement by PenAir of its flight schedule Thursday, which clears the runway for commercial air service to return to Klamath Falls on Oct. 5.

John Barsalou, manager at Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport, exuded excitement as the news came in of the schedule.

“We’re just thrilled to death that this is happening,” Barsalou said.

“We’ve been working really hard with a lot of our partners, our congressional delegation; I’m just excited as all get out to have this happen.”

Klamath Falls has been without commercial passenger service for two years since SkyWest pulled out in June 2014.

Dave Hall, chief executive officer of PenAir, also expressed enthusiasm about the announcement, which required time for adjustments to be made by the Transportation Security Administration.

“We have been working with the Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport as well as city officials for over a year to bring this new route to fruition,” Hall said. “We had initially hoped for a November 2015 startup but that was put on hold while the community worked on a feasible plan with Transportation Security Administration to refederalize the airport.” Read the full article.