Riverton one of two US airports to increase passenger numbers in 2020 | Wyoming News

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RIVERTON – Only two airports in the continental United States handled passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, state officials said this week: Riverton’s and Sheridan’s.

The two airports are part of Wyoming’s new Capacity Purchase Agreement program, which was created to help communities at risk of losing air service.

It was the CPA that helped Riverton’s total passenger count increase last year, Wyoming Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division Administrator Brian Olsen told the committee this week. of transport, highways and military affairs of the legislature.

“All of the major airlines are cutting back (are) routes to markets similar in size to our Wyoming markets,” Olsen said. “So luckily we have the CPA. We have been able to secure these resources and continue to provide essential air service in Wyoming. “

The CPA has a duration of 10 years, with a renegotiation scheduled every three years. In Riverton, Olsen said the deal for fiscal 2021 involved a state grant of $ 1.04 million and local matching of about $ 420,000. But the state was able to pay $ 580,000 in federal coronavirus relief to the state and the local party, Olsen said, and Wyoming recouped nearly $ 470,000 of its CPA expenses this year from the CWRA.

“We have significantly reduced the cost per passenger to leave these airports, even in the midst of the pandemic,” he said. “From this point of view, the CPA has been very successful. “

Riverton took on 7,448 people in 2020, down slightly from 2019 (7,506) but up from 2018 (7,297), according to WyDOT.

In 2021, boardings continued to increase at the CWRA and by September the total exceeded 10,000 for the first time in years, meaning the facility is again fully eligible for construction funding by through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program.


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