Casper-Natrona County International Airport receives coronavirus relief grants

Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 6:33 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Air travel has been down across the United States, and Casper has not been immune to that. Flights from Casper-Natrona County International Airport were down 95% last April.

That number has bounced back to about 50%, according to Casper-Natrona County International Airport Director Glenn Januska.

“As more of the places that people want to fly to open up and as more people want to get comfortable flying here to go to Yellowstone and the things that we have to offer in the state, I think it will continue to pick up,” said Januska.

Recently, the airport received additional coronavirus relief grant funding from the FAA to help with airport expenses. Januska said that funding is critical.

“Things break. We have to continue to maintain. We have to continue to snow plow. We have to continue to provide our aircraft rescue firefighting response,” said Januska. “You have to continue to pay your bills to turn on the lights in the terminal building and clean.”

Visit Casper CEO Brook Kaufman said the airport is “critical” for Casper.

“It generates jobs. It generates travel. It generates quality of life... We wouldn’t be the same community without that airport,” said Kaufman.

The funds from the FAA will be used for the airport’s operating expenses.

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