Air Service Study Says State Would Have To Pay

Laramie, WY – A report says public funding would be needed in order for the state to get air service between Wyoming cities and towns.

The Wyoming Intrastate Air Service Concept report found that such service would be too risky for any private company to undertake.

The report was prepared by the Wyoming Department of Transportation's Aeronautics Division and an aviation consultant. One proposal suggests linking nine of the 10 commercial airports in the state by using Casper as a centralized hub.
Nearly three-quarters of the state's population lives within 30 miles of these airports.

WYDOT suggests that daily flights in the early morning and late afternoon would cut down on travel time along the state's highways, particularly during the winter when some roads are subject to closure.

Although the study concludes more work is needed to explore the service, it is likely to get some attention in the upcoming session of the Legislature.