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Attacks leave Medford airport with fewer flights

Both airlines that serve the Medford airport have canceled flights since the Sept. 11 attacks, which caused the nation's first-ever aviation ground stop.

Two days with grounded fleets and the slow recovery process over the past three weeks have taken their toll on local schedules.

Horizon canceled its daily 11:30 a.m. Portland flight and a daily 7:55 p.m. Seattle flight. But the airline still offers Medford passengers six flights daily to Portland and three to Seattle, said Cheryl Temple, public information officer.

"We've worked it so generally, flights leave in the morning and come back late afternoon, so business travelers can still make those one-day trips they like so well," Temple said.

At Horizon, flights that before the terrorist attack were 60 to 70 percent full are down 20 to 25 percent, Temple said.

"It's slowly inching its way back up," she said.