Business Council Asks for Airline Proposals

Cheyenne, WY – 13 different airlines have six weeks to offer proposals to improve Wyoming's commercial air service. The request sent to the airlines is part of the three million dollar Air Services Financial Aid Act passed by the Legislature in March. Realistic proposals to make real additions to service at most if not all ten Wyoming airports, that's what Patrick Pitet wants to see from the 13 airlines. Petit is the Director of the Business Council Minerals, Energy, and Transportation Division, and has been the agency's point-man on this project. He says they don't want airlines to look for permanent subsidies. He'd rather see proposals for service that would become self-supporting. To that end Petit likes the idea of short-term revenue guarantees, which would mean giving airlines money only if they can't break even in a market. Airlines contacted include: United, Great Lakes, Sky West, America West, Mesa, Big Sky, Northwest, American Eagle, Delta, Frontier, and Continental Express.