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UPDATED: Foggy December weather stymies Medford airport passenger count

7:25 a.m.

Flight cancellations and travelers choosing other options turned December into a rather ho-hum final month for 2013 at the Medford airport.

Hopes of challenging the 2007 passenger record, or at least bettering last year's second-best-ever mark soared early last year. The pace was 4.6 percent ahead of 2012 through March and 3.4 percent ahead through May. But the summer turned lackluster and after Labor Day, just matching 2012 was a stretch.

(Correction: The year the record was set has been corrected in this story.)

Then Allegiant lost flights in November and fog plagued the Rogue Valley through the end of the year.

December saw a 12.5 percent decline in travel, with 45,431 people — the fewest in six years — passing through the gates compared to 51,929 in 2012.

Nonetheless, the 631,234 passengers ticketed in and out of Medford in 2013 was the fourth highest on record, even though it was 11,335 fewer than in 2012. It was also the sixth year in seven Medford exceeded 600,000 passengers.

Alaska Air Group unit Horizon Air, which accounts for just over half the passenger count saw a 9 percent drop in traffic in December. United Express saw its count decline by 26.6 percent and Delta Connect was off 3.7 percent. Allegiant Air was up less than 1 percent.

Updated 9 a.m.

Listings for today's flight schedule show December's trend of bogged-down passenger counts is continuing.

Records from the Medford airport's website show there have been four canceled flights between 5:39 and 6:17 a.m. today. A flight from Portland due to arrive at 8:43 a.m. in Medford has also been turned around due to the weather.

It's no better out on the roads, where ice slicks and limited visibility are taking a toll on motorists. Records from Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon show there were 10 reported accidents between 5 and 9 a.m. today.

— Greg Stiles