PENDLETON, Oregon – Officials for Boutique Air have told Pendleton city officials that it will probably be the second or third week in December – not the first week – when flights begin between the Round-Up City and Portland. When service does begin, it will come with all the bells and whistles.
“I’m sure there will be a ribbon cutting and an announcement and just a deluge of advertisement and some pomp and circumstance,” City Council President Neil Brown said.
Having the air service benefits area residents, and it also helps the city. The company will be leasing a large space in the terminal at Eastern Oregon Regional Airport for its operations and is also leasing a small house for pilots who must stay overnight.
“There’s also a charge for every airplane that lands and different things,” Brown said. “There are other things that go with this other than renting the terminal.”
Boutique has already hired some employees, and airport officials say company representatives are in town this week training the new workers.