Great Lakes Airlines flights up

Laramie, WY – Great Lakes Aviation saw a nearly 39 percent increase in passengers from its Wyoming airports last month, compared to December of 2006.

The airline's spokeswoman, Monica Taylor, says one reason for the big increase is that Great Lakes starting flying to Sheridan in 2007.

But taking Sheridan out of the equation, Taylor says the company still saw a 24 percent increase in passengers from the other Wyoming airports. She says the the rise is probably do to Wyoming's oil and gas boom, as well as high gas prices.

Taylor says Great Lakes will begin service between seven Montana cities and the hub in Billings. That's because Big Sky Airlines is planning to pull out of those cities. Taylor says the expansion will create ten to fifteen new jobs at the company's Cheyenne headquarters