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Airport board sets important meeting Friday; citizens urged to be there

Mar 20, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Residents are encouraged to attend Friday's meeting of the Riverton Regional Airport Board at 8 a.m. in the city council chambers at Riverton City Hall.

City administrator Steven Weaver said the meeting will touch on the proposed task force to be formed to address airline service concerns at the airport, which is Fremont County's only commercial air service location.

Appointments to that board are expected to be made Friday.

Topics of discussion include the increasing number of flight cancellations by Great Lakes Airlines, which the airline blames on pilot shortages brought about by new federal regulations requiring more experience for flight crews.

In particular, the 7 a.m. daily flight has been cancelled many times this year, leaving local travelers far fewer options to make connections from Denver. Service on the mid-day and late-afternoon flights has been more reliable.

Great Lakes is the only commercial carrier at Riverton Regional. The airline in recent weeks has suspended service at numerous airports in Nebraska and North Dakota.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division also is scheduled make an Enhanced Air Service presentation.

Weaver said the meeting will be televised live and will air again in the future.

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