United Airlines furlough announcement won’t impact local air service

Many national news outlets reported last week that United Airlines plans to furlough over 16,000 employees indefinitely beginning in October if they do not receive additional federal funding.

Since Central Wyoming Regional Airport, formerly Riverton Regional Airport, has seen impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic through United, County 10 connected with Public Works Director Kyle Butterfield to see how this could affect local air service.

“We do not expect disruptions in service at Central Wyoming Regional Airport and expect the reliable service to continue from SkyWest Airlines operating United Express flights for the foreseeable future,” Butterfield shared with County 10.


Last spring, United received $5 billion from the federal government through the Payroll Support Program under the CARES Act. In order to not furlough employees, more funding is needed.


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