Legislature supports continued EAS funding for Worland airport

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - The bi-partisan leadership of the Wyoming State Legislature has written the U.S. Department of Transportation expressing its support for continued Essential Air Service at Worland Municipal Airport. The DOT has proposed ending its subsidy there, due to the rising cost per passenger. In its letter to the DOT, the leaders of both political parties in the legislature note that changes in Federal regulations created the problem that resulted in the declining passenger enplanements. Riverton Airport Manager and Public Works Director Kyle Butterfield said the concern is that if Worland lost its subsidy, that could have a detrimental impact on passenger traffic in Riverton. Worland flights stop in Riverton. Without the subsidy, and with Great Lakes Airlines only flying nine passenger configured Beech 1900 aircraft into Riverton, the route may become unprofitable. In the meantime, the Chairman of the Riverton Airport board, Dean Peranteaux, said efforts are continuing to support Great Lakes service in Riverton. The city, airport board and many others in the community, recently sent letters of support to on the airline's application to the Federal Aviation Administration to begin re-using 19 passenger configured aircraft into Riverton. The letter is copied below: [image: Inline image 2] [image: Inline image 1] #springcity #county10 #reboot #news