Jerry Brienza began his job as Director of the Medford Rogue Valley International Airport last November, succeeding long term retiring director Bern Case. Mr. Brienza has been working in the aviation industry for 23 years, having worked at regional airports in Florida, Colorado and most recently as director of the Huntington Tri-State Airport in West Virginia.
Mr. Brienza cited the growth in passenger service in and out of the Medford Airport as somewhat of an anomaly in the industry. Where most airports try to maintain the status quo, Medford has seen consistent growth the past five years, with February setting a new monthly record. New facilities, a growing population base and a stronger economy have led to new carriers and routes being added. Discussions with current and new potential airlines are ongoing. United plans to increase service to Los Angeles; American is looking to add flights; Allegiant may be adding a San Diego flight; and talks are underway with Frontier to add service to Medford. New service from Southwest is unlikely because Medford is unable to serve their current model.
Brienza went on to explain that about 50% of his job is devoted to airport management while the other 50% is spent on economic development to attract related industries like helicopter service, aerospace and college curriculum aimed at training new pilots.