Boardings dip; Great Lakes cuts 53 flights

Jul 21, 2017 From staff reports

Airplane boardings at Riverton Regional Airport reached an eight-month low in June after averaging 722 passengers per month since November.

Boardings declined for both Great Lakes Airlines and Denver Air Connection, which combined to fly 637 passengers out of Riverton in June.

The number of Great Lakes flights also sharply declined in June, when it cancelled 53 out of its 112 scheduled flights.

With 4,171 boardings through the first half of 2017, Riverton has nearly eclipsed 2016's total boardings but is still short of the pace needed to meet the 10,000-passenger benchmark needed to secure $1 million in federal funding each year.

Denver Air Connection operates under a partial revenue guarantee supplied by local governments. It began its second full year of service at Riverton Regional in July.

Denver Air flies a 30-passenger jet airliner to Denver, while Great Lakes flies a 14-passenger turboprop on which it sells just nine seats due to regulations tied to pilot experience for flights with 10 or more passengers.

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