The Bend Municipal Airport plays a vital role in the Bend economy and serves as a gateway to Central Oregon for general and business aviation.
Located on approximately 420 acres, five miles northeast of Bend, Oregon, the Bend Municipal Airport (KBDN) caters to the needs of general aviators, hosts two flight training schools, and is home to numerous businesses. Their combined operations make Bend the third busiest airport in the state in terms of takeoffs and landings.
If you’re looking for the closest airport with commercial service, Roberts Field in Redmond, Oregon is located about 20 minutes to the north and offers flights to most western airline hubs. You can find more information on Roberts Field at flyrdm.com.
The Oregon Department of Aviation classifies Bend Municipal Airport as a Category 2, High Activity Business and General Aviation airport. The airport has a single 5,260-foot runway and full length dual parallel taxiways.
In 2017 construction was completed on a separate 8-acre Helicopter Operations Area improving safety and increasing capacity by separating fixed and rotor wing operations. This area opens up an additional 500,000 square feet of developable land for dedicated rotor wing operators and service companies.
Bend Municipal Airport by the Numbers:
- Total size: Approximately 420 Acres
- 60 acres available for development
- 2.8 million square feet of ground leased space
- 2.6 million square feet of leasable space
- 78 City-owned leased hangar spaces totaling 139,00 square feet
- 58,000 square feet of leased plane and vehicle parking
Bend Municipal Airport is home to over 240 aircraft. Whether you’re based at the airport or just visiting, stay up to date on weather, traffic patterns, fixed base operators, and other news via the Pilot Information page. Check back often for updates or changes.
For more information, go to the Pilot Information page.
Doing Business at the Bend Airport
Employers at the Bend Airport play a vital role in the region’s continued economic growth and diversification. From aircraft manufacturing and design to flight training and charter operations, these companies employ nearly 500 people and contribute nearly 25 million in payroll annually.
Bend Municipal Airport is an attractive site for new development or business expansion, with 60 acres of developable land, 2.6 million square feet of leasable space with runway access, and an additional 500,000 square feet of leasable space associated with the new Helicopter Operations Area.
Employers seeking to make significant investment in new operations or expansion at the airport may be able to take advantage of Enterprise Zone tax exemptions. Click here to find more about the Enterprise Zone program and eligibility requirements.
For more information on doing business at Bend Municipal Airport, contact airport staff directly.
The site was developed and used for pilot training throughout World War II. Following the war, the airstrip was maintained by the City of Bend for general use.
By the 1970's, it was clear that the Bend Municipal Airport was becoming a part of the transportation network for Central Oregon and development of a comprehensive Airport Master Plan was undertaken in 1979. This plan established much of the direction for development at the airport and forecasted significant growth in activity at the Bend Airport in coming years. This early Master Plan, however, was completed while General Aviation was booming across the country.
A downturn in the economy affected General Aviation in the 1980's and through the early 1990's. As a result, the forecast growth in demand at the airport did not materialize. That all changed by the late 1990's and General Aviation began a significant resurgence that continues today with increased business and corporate aviation travel into and out of Bend.