Casper Airport Boardings Decline

Numbers of flights coming into the Casper-Natrona County Airport has decreased over the past year.

News 13's Tyler Waggenspack spoke with the airport director about how they're planning to pick up business.

A quiet Saturday at the Casper-Natrona County Airport as flights are coming in and out. Lately, business has been slow for airport staff.

"We've been seeing a decrease really since probably the last couple months of 2015 and most of last year," said Glenn Januska, the Casper-Natrona County International Airport Director.

In 2016, airport staff saw nearly an eleven percent decrease in flights following 2015. Januska says the decrease stems from the current economy, and drop in Wyoming population.

"It's probably a reflection of two things, one: a decrease in the passengers. You know we saw that the state had lost population this past year. Our change in passengers reflected about the same time we saw what was happening with the economy and the state."

Although low numbers doesn't affect airport operations, it does affect airport revenue.

"If we start seeing passenger decrease that may be a decrease in revenue for us."

Despite the decrease, March is usually accompanied every year with college student traffic.

"It could be reflecting on spring break and Casper College , U.W., and so forth we get peaks of people that as we know we're starting to see on spring break."

Januska also believes they'll see changes this year.

"As we get into 2017, it's actually a growth year, even a stable year."

And with upcoming events like the eclipse, airport staff expect business to pick up.

Januska says they're expecting large numbers for the eclipse. They say people are coming from not just the United States, but Europe as well.