Passenger boardings continue to grow at Fremont County’s Regional Airport
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Airport Division Manager Paul Griffin told the Riverton Airport Board Friday morning that the numbers of passengers boarding commercial aircraft in Riverton continue to increase. Last year at this time only 902 passengers had flown from Riverton, but this year a total of 3,534 folks flew out of the local airport. The increase is thanks in part to improved service from Great Lakes Airlines and the addition of jet flights to Sheridan and Denver by the Denver Air Connection (DAC), service that started in July of last year.
Griffin said the reliability of flights into Riverton has been greatly enhanced with the competition from DAC. As an example, he told the airport board that in May, Denver Air had every one of its 85 scheduled flights arrive. “And all of those 85 flights arrived here on time,” he said. Great Lakes had 72 flights scheduled, four were cancelled but only 56 of those flights were on time.
For the month of May, Great Lakes boarded 443 passengers while DAC boarded 331 passengers. If the current passenger numbers continue to trend, Griffin estimated the airport will fly about 8,500 to 8,600 passengers this year. While greatly enhanced from the 2,670 passengers who used the airport during 2016, the projection falls short of the 10,000 passenger mark, which qualifies the airport for an additional $850,000 in infrastructure improvement funding.