Redmond Airport back open after Thursday freezing rain closure

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Redmond Airport said flights were resuming Friday morning after freezing rain forced the closure of the runways and cancellations of multiple flights. 

“Flights are scheduled today and the airport is open! Please contact your airlines directly for information,” the airport said on Facebook.

The airport later said it hoped to have the runways open by 11:30 a.m.

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It was a much different story than 15 hours prior when all incoming flights were canceled Thursday night while others were diverted to other airports.

“Freezing rain, which we’ve had most of (Thursday) afternoon is the worst thing for airports and the hardest thing to combat operationally,” said Redmond Municipal Airport Manager Zachary Bass. “And so it’s been occurring for a while, and we’ve got a crew out there 24/7 with millions of dollars worth of equipment and we’re fighting it. And as soon as it’s safe to do so, we look at the runway and make sure that people can, in turn, exit Central Oregon again commercially.”

The airport closed the runways at about 2:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Some inbound flights were diverted to Eugene. By 6:30 p.m., all remaining inbound flights were canceled.

The airport is urging people to contact their airlines directly about flight status.

“Make sure you’re checking with your airlines and hopefully you’re getting text messages,” Bass said. “Or if you’re not, make sure you’re checking your emails. The airlines handle the scheduling, cancellations, or rescheduling of flights, not the airport.”

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