Passengers wait Friday, March 2, 2018, at the Medford airport.

Passengers wait Friday, March 2, 2018, at the Medford airport.

Jamie Lusch/Mail Tribune

Anyone who regularly flies out of the Medford airport, or any airport for that matter, knows the routine.

You nervously watch the departure screen as boarding time approaches, hoping those two not-so-magical words — “Delayed” or “Canceled” — don’t flash on the display.

Once your carry-on is stored and seat belt buckled, there is still a hint of angst — especially if you’re headed for San Francisco International — until the plane rolls down the runway.

That angst has diminished in the past two years, with cancellations cut about in half from 10-year averages. Medford saw 57 flights canceled in 2017 after recording 46 in 2016, both marks well below the 10-year average of 107 cancellations.

Read the whole story at the Medford Mail Tribune.