Turnover continues for Redmond Airport

Director resigns after just a little more than a year at the helm.

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The fourth Redmond Airport director in the past four years has submitted his letter of resignation after just a little more than a year at the helm.

Jeff Tripp informed Redmond City Manager Keith Witcosky on Monday that he was done at the Central Oregon airport.

Tripp navigated the Redmond Airport through several turbulent issues in his brief stint in Central Oregon. Under his watch, the city added a second fixed-base operator — a company that provides airport services such as fueling, hangaring and mechanical support — in Leading Edge Jet Service and reached a negotiated peace with Butler Aircraft and KC Aero.

“He made sure that north side (now home to Leading Edge) was ready for someone, and he prepared the airport for the worst-case scenario if it had to provide its own fueling (during the Butler and KC Aero dispute),” Witcosky said about Tripp. “And he put together the plan for when we have to close Runway 4-22.”

(SOURCE: Bend Bulletin)

With the population exploding in the region, steady leadership for its major transportation hub will be necessary.

Demand for routes into the airport are increasing as airlines add flights to and from the Redmond Airport.

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