Airport Board to seek legislative support for Air Service Enhancement Program Funding

The Riverton Airport Board met on Friday and re-elected its chairman, Dean Peranteaux, for another term. The board also discussed the state's Air Service Enhancement Program managed by WYDOT Aeronautics, as the Governor's proposed budget eliminated all exception requests. "WYDOT Aeronautics had recommended a biennial budget of $8.8 million for the program," said Airport Manager and Public Works Director Kyle Butterfield. "But the governor stripped out all the exception requests, $5.5 million worth. The board discussed contacting the county's legislative delegation and reminding them of the economic importance of the airports to the state's economy," he said. The Air Service Enhancement program provides funding to the state's airports to provide revenue guarantees to ensure continued or enhanced commercial air service. Riverton has received $1.2 million under the program, but the new budget is only for 2.88 million for the biennium, he said. There are nine commercial airports in the state, at Jackson, Casper, Gillette, Rock Springs, Cody, Cheyenne, Sheridan, Worland and Riverton. *Feature Photo: Riverton Regional Airport's terminal. (Pitchengine Communities) *