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Rock Springs asked to raise its share of airport subsidy

Rock Springs asked to raise its share of airport subsidy

Jul 3, 2014 - The Associated Press

ROCK SPRINGS -- With service to community airports reeling from new federal regulations, local subsidy for regional airlines trying to serve the the smaller airports is becoming more important.

Several airports in Wyoming are feeling the pinch, and the Rock Springs City Council is being asked to increase its subsidy for Sky West Airlines service to Salt Lake City.

The council will consider the request from the Rock Springs/Sweetwater County Airport on July 15.

Officials were uncertain about how much the city would be asked to contribute.

Sigsbee Duck, a member of the airport board, said the Salt Lake City service will be reduced to one flight daily on Sept. 3 and is in danger of being canceled altogether.

Rock Springs no longer is served by Great Lakes Airlines, another regional carrier beset by pilot shortages after the FAA raised the experience requirements for co-pilots.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation provides some funding for the service, and Sweetwater County, Rock Springs and Green River also contribute.

However, Green River officials have said they had to put their 2014-15 contribution on hold because of budget constraints.

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