Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Casper/Natrona County International Airport ( KCPR) to get additional United flight for summer

United Airlines will be adding a fifth regional jet flight between the Casper/Natrona County International Airport and Denver this summer, adding another 50 seats, which brings the total number available each day to 250, airport officials announced today.

From July 1 through Aug. 27, a mid-evening flight will be added, arriving in Casper at 7:01 and departing at 7:57, according to airport Manager Glenn Januska, who noted that the other arrival and departure times change to accommodate the added flights.

Travelers wanting to get from Casper to Denver will have a choice of five departing flights, beginning at 6:15 a.m. with the last one at 7:57 p.m. The first arriving flight will land at 9:50 a.m., and the last flight from Denver will arrive at 10:32 p.m.

“We’re very happy to see the added capacity. The United flights have been averaging between 85 percent and 90 percent full the past few months, so demand is certainly moving past capacity,” Januska said. “Since demand peaks in the summer, the timing of this additional flight is perfect.”

The nearly full flights are because of an increasing population, traveling required for jobs, energy industry representatives visiting Wyoming, among others, Januska explained. And with the consistency of the flight load, he said the airport is “almost to the point of looking for additional flights.”

Januska said the two later arrival flights allow business people to conduct meetings in Denver later in the day and still be able to connect to a flight back to Casper.

“We’ll see what the bookings are and the overall level of service and demand” after Aug. 27, he said. “There’s always a possibility that United might add a few more months of the extra flights.”

http://www.wyomingbusinessreport.com

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