Rock Springs, Riverton, Gillette in Line for Air Service Improvements

Cheyenne, WY – Three air service projects were considered by the Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors Thursday. Proposals for Gillette, Riverton, and Rock Springs were combined into a single package that was approved. All three projects upgrade the current Great Lakes Airlines service. Gillette travelers will enjoy 30-seat planes, instead of 19-seaters, starting in March. Riverton and Rock Springs will be adding flights with a few of them on the larger aircraft. State Aeronautics Division Administrator Shelly Reams says it's not regional jets, a new carrier, or a new destination, but realistic approaches to improving air service in the three towns. Reams says the demand is there for these upgrades in all three markets. She says seven or eight people a day are currently being bumped from flights in Rock Springs. Combined, the three proposals will exhaust the remaining $550,000 in the state's air service enhancement fund.