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WCC not using 'unpredictable' Riverton airport

May 15, 2014 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

Wyoming Catholic College is getting used to taking its business to airports other than Riverton's.

In late 2013, WCC issued a policy regarding traveling in and out of Riverton Regional Airport.

According to WCC president Kevin Roberts, he issued a policy that traveling staff and official visitors -- including prospective students -- "ought not to use the Riverton Airport."

"If the adage about time being money is true, then the service there is so unpredictable that it is very costly to the college," Roberts said. "We simply cannot run our organization, which involves many people traveling to and from the college, with the vast majority of flights being canceled or late."

Since the policy change, Roberts said WCC has being using the Casper/Natrona County and Denver international airports.

"This is a significant loss of revenue for the Riverton airport as WCC students, faculty and staff travel out of state significantly," Roberts said, noting the fact the college brings "many visitors" to Lander. "In fact, I travel to Denver two or three times per month to use the airport there."

Roberts said the college "proudly supports" local businesses and organizations, and would look into using Riverton Regional Airport in the future.

"Our preference is to use the Riverton airport," Roberts said. "If services were to improve, we would reconsider our decision. But, I'd encourage the airport commission to act quickly because we're growing quite comfortable with our new habits."

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