First commercial jet touches down in North Bend

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- Commercial jet service is back at the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport, which officials say means more seating and faster flight times for passengers.

The first flight pulled in about an hour behind schedule, but passengers said they were happy with the service. Kirk Holland was one of those people. "Just took the first jet in, great flight, late but smooth and quiet," Holland said.

The new service has local residents hopeful for the future of the airport. "I've been in the community for 37 years now, watched a lot of different airlines come and go over those years, and I'm encouraged that we're getting better connections to the rest of the world," said Coos County resident John Engles.

The jet will fly from now until November, and officials with the airport say they hope it will secure commercial air service in the future.