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Non-Stop Redmond-To-LA Air Service Expected By Summer

OPB | March 18, 2013 1:36 p.m. | Updated: March 18, 2013 2:56 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

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Travelers commuting between Central Oregon and Southern California could soon be spending a lot less time waiting at the airport.  

According to the group Economic Development for Central Oregon, local businesses have agreed to purchase $350,000 in advance airfare for a new non-stop flight between Redmond and Los Angeles.

EDCO president Roger Lee says his group has been in talks with American Airlines to establish a once-a-day, round-trip, 50-seat commuter flight. 

Doug La Placa is the President and CEO of Visit Bend.  He says from a tourism perspective, having a direct flight from a major market like Los Angeles, makes Bend more competitive among its peers.

“Vacationers want easy, accessible and convenient access to their vacation destinations … and this daily non-stop flight from LA now connects Bend to one of the major metropolitan areas in the country,” he said.

EDCO’s Roger Lee says his group needs to deliver the money before the deal can close. But he expects flights could begin as early as this summer.

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