Small companies could boost Bend Airport

Small companies could boost Bend Airport

Epic Air and Leading Edge Aviation could help boost Bend Municipal Airport after losing numerous jobs with the loss of Cessna Aircraft.

Bend airport and businesses on its property generated 5,315 direct and indirect jobs in 2007, according to an Oregon Department of Aviation study released this month. Those jobs generated $155 million in wages in 2007, more than airports in Eugene, Salem, Medford and Redmond.

Last year, the airport was responsible for 873 direct and indirect jobs, an 83-percent tumble that dropped Bend from first to eighth in employment impact among non-Portland airports in six years. Wages plummeted to $20 million last year.

Read more at The Bend Bulletin.