PenAir will start flights to Portland in April

The skies above Redding will get a bit busier come April.

PenAir will start service from Redding to Portland, Oregon, on April 21, the airline announced Friday afternoon.

The news culminates nearly a year of talks between Redding officials and the Alaska-based regional airline. It marks the first time service to the Pacific Northwest will be offered here since Horizon Air stopped flying to Seattle in 2010.

“We looked at the market and we looked at some statistics and we do believe” Redding can support flights to Portland, PenAir spokeswoman Melissa Roberts said. “We are excited.”

Former Redding Airports Director Rod Dinger took the lead in the city’s recruitment of PenAir. Dinger retired in December but has stayed on a limited basis to help Redding expand service at the airport. Read the full article…