Friday, September 15, 2017

Riverton Regional Airport (KRIW): Airline passenger numbers up 50 percent over last year; Continuing to trend upward

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The numbers of passengers using Fremont County’s only commercial airport keep getting better with over a 50 percent increase from last year to date.

“If you want a testament on how our airport is doing, this is the proof,” said Airport Manager and Public Works Director Kyle Butterfield. “We’ve already surpassed last year’s mark, and even though 2016 was a rebounding year, that trend is continuing.”  Butterfield made his remarks to the Riverton Airport Board Friday morning.

Specifically, the number of passengers who have boarded in Riverton this year total 5,579 with four months to go, compared with the whole of 2016 at 4,291 enplanements.

Denver Air Connection, which began service one year ago in July, has boarded 2,679 passengers compared with last year’s half-year mark of 1,621. In August, Denver air boarded 452 passengers while the airport’s other carrier, Great Lakes Airlines, boarded 327.

“August was a wonderful month from both a commercial and a general aviation aspect, thanks the the solar eclipse,” he said.

The airport’s general aviation side noted 222 transit operations in August, compared with only 88 one year ago (transit defined as those aircraft who stopped here and that were not based here). The Eclipse occurred on August 21st. Airport Police Sergeant Milan Vinich, standing in for Airport Division Manager Paul Griffin, said 113 aircraft flew into the city for the eclipse event. Twenty-four aircraft landed here in the days before the eclipse and 89 aircraft landed here within three hours of the eclipse. “We were really concerned about air traffic control with most of the aircraft coming in that morning, but it all went smoothly,” he  said.

Vinich, Butterfield, and airport board members all joined in congratulating Jim’s Aircraft Service, the airport’s fixed based operator, for the assistance and work they performed in parking and refueling the incoming planes, as well as entertaining those pilots and their passengers before the eclipse itself. “Paul and his staff at the airport also did a great job getting everything ready,” Butterfield added.

Board Vice-chairman Mick Pryor of Hudson was pleased with the growth of passenger enplanements. “It’s good to see the  uptick in commercial and general aviation at the airport,”  he  said. “Things are definitely getting better.”

Original article can be found here  ➤

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