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SkyWest to replace Great Lakes in Laramie

SkyWest to replace Great Lakes in Laramie

Sep 18, 2012 - The Associated Press

LARAMIE -- SkyWest Airlines will begin offering flights at Laramie Regional Airport beginning Nov. 4.

Airport manager Jack Skinner said the St. George, Utah-based airline will offer a new schedule, larger aircraft, more reliability and lower fares than Great Lakes Airlines, which has been servicing the city since 1998.

Cheyenne-based Great Lakes will no longer operate out of the airport.

Skinner says regular travelers have complained they missed their connections in Denver because of "quite a few" delays and cancellations with Great Lakes.

Great Lakes typically offered three flights daily, but SkyWest will offer two -- one in the morning and one later in the day. Skinner says the departure flights are timed to offer passengers as many connecting flights as possible out of Denver International Airport.

Great Lakes served Laramie with its 19-passenger Beech 1900 aircraft. The smallest plane SkyWest flies is the 30-passenger Embraer 120 Brasilia.

Great Lakes has a fleet of Brasilias, but those planes rarely flew into Laramie.

Airports in Laramie and Cheyenne compete for passengers with Denver International Airport and often board fewer passengers as a result than airports in smaller Wyoming Cities.

Great Lakes endured a difficult period of flight delays and last year as it tried to expand service to Havre, Mont., which is far removed from the rest of its flight network. The Havre service was discontinued after a few months, and Great Lakes claims improved one-time performance since then.

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