Flight cancellations and travelers choosing other options limited travel through the Medford airport in December.
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.
Weather-related cancellations continued today. Records from the Medford airport's website show there were 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 was turned around due to the weather.
— Greg Stiles