Thursday, June 12, 2014

Great Lakes Aviation Continues Descent

(Cheyenne) – Wyoming’s only airline reports its passenger numbers were down 62 percent in May compared to the same month last year.

The Wyoming Business Report says the airline, which serves Riverton Regional Airport, attributes the problem to federal regulations slashing the amount of available entry-level pilots.

The pilot shortage has lead to cancelled flights but the company says reconfiguring planes to fly with only nine passenger seats will allow it to reclassify their pilot-hiring requirements to get back in the game.

Great Lakes tells the Wyoming Business Report it is providing service to 30 airports in nine states.