A Number of Airlines Are Interested in Bringing Air Service to Rural Wyoming Airports

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CASPER, Wyo. WYDOT Managers Bill Panos told the Wyoming Air Service Improvement Council a number of airlines have already expressed interest.

Panos says the state should start negotiations with the selected airline early next year.

The council was established by the legislature to find providers for community airports.

The chosen carrier would provide up to three daily flights to and from Denver International Airport from airports joining the agreement.

This would cost us fifteen million dollars over 10 years.

Communities joining in would share 40 percent of the cost.

Casper- Natrona County International Airport officials also look to increase service.

Airport director Glenn Januska told news 13 it's about building relationships with airlines.

He says it takes time to convince them to choose Casper.

The airport serves about 100,000 passengers annually, but about 35,000 travelers choose to drive to Denver when they fly.

He says increased air service could get more travelers to choose to fly out of Casper.

Two airlines currently serve the airport, United flies to Denver, and Sky-West flies to Salt Lake City under the Delta brand.