Cody-Denver Flights Take Off Friday

Cody, WY – Denver International Airport will be the scene of a celebration Friday afternoon. That is when the first United Express flight from Cody will land, starting summer service that's been in the works for 18 months now. The Cody Yellowstone Air Service Organization hopes they can parlay these flights into year-round service. Consultant Rick Wilder says success this summer will be a key component for securing winter service. Wilder is optimistic about how successful the service will be. He says bookings are on par with other United destination and that's positive for their efforts. If the service fails to meet agreed-upon revenue targets, the community would have to make a revenue guarantee payment to United. Wilder says it's premature to predict whether that can be avoided. A $300,000 state grant was awarded to help secure the new flights. United will operate two round-trip flights a day between Cody and Denver with United Express partners SkyWest and Mesa Airlines. The SkyWest flights will be jet service. It's believed that Cody is United's first new domestic destination since September 11th.