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  • Runway project causes changes in airport schedule

  • What's with the Medford airport closing at 11 p.m. and not accepting delayed flights after that time? I know of two people who had flights delayed and then canceled out of Denver due to weather, at a major inconvenience and cost to them due to Medford's airport closing at 11 p.m.
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  • What's with the Medford airport closing at 11 p.m. and not accepting delayed flights after that time? I know of two people who had flights delayed and then canceled out of Denver due to weather, at a major inconvenience and cost to them due to Medford's airport closing at 11 p.m.
    I know in the past I've been on flights that were scheduled to arrive at midnight or even at 1 a.m. What gives?
    — Travis B., via email
    While it would be easy for us here at SYA Flight Headquarters to simply say: "If you read your newspaper every day you would be in the know," we'll assume you were out of town during the multiple times we reported — dating back to mid-2013 — about the airport runway construction that began in May.
    Both Alaska Airlines (Horizon Air) and United Express (SkyWest Airlines) regularly fly into Medford in the midnight to 1 a.m. range. However, for a six-month period, the airlines have had to juggle their schedules to accommodate resurfacing work on the airport's primary north/south runway.
    Beginning in May, construction crews have had about five hours to do their work with the help of intense spotlights each night. The work has been done in small sections, creating some unusual takeoff and landing positions along the runway.
    Although Denver doesn't have San Francisco fog to cope with, thunderstorms and blizzards create delays. Right now, the United Express flight arriving from Denver is due in at 9:23 nightly, providing a 90-minute window before the flight is canceled or rerouted. Delta Connection's flight from Salt Lake City at 10:40 p.m. is the latest scheduled arrival.
    Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to youasked@mailtribune.com.
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