Riverton gaining airline seats

(Riverton, Wyo.) - When a new airline begins service at Riverton Regional airport in just over four weeks, the current airline serving the city will cut it service back. As expected, the loss of Worland's Essential Air Service subsidy from the U.S. Department of Transportation at the end of June means that Great Lakes Airlines is ending its service to that city. Since Worland and Riverton flights were tied together, and since the subsidy on the route is ending, Great Lakes has announced a 50 percent reduction in flights out of Riverton. There will be no more morning or evening flights into the city by GLA, just one noon-time flight. Despite that development, Riverton passengers can still get morning and evening service to and from Denver with the new airline. As has been widely reported, the Denver Air Connection will commence its new service here on July 1st with a 30-passenger Dornier jet. There will be two round trips a day to Denver and one flight daily to Sheridan. Riverton Airport Division Manager Paul Griffin said the flight reduction by Great Lakes, even if passengers fill up 15 seats on each DAC flight, the airport would most likely miss hitting the 10,000 enplanement mark by the end of the year. That benchmark allows a $1-million grant to the airport each year from the FAA for maintenance and upgrades. The airport has planned an open house on June 4th, 11-4 p.m., to introduce travelers to the DAC's 30-passenger Dornier jet aircraft. Tickets for the new service are now on sale. #county10 #news