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Aeronautics Committee meet this week

Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 6:59 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -If you’re planning to travel on a regional flight, your airport might look a little different next time you fly.

‘It just goes to show you that these meetings with the aeronautics committee all over the state are very beneficial to all the airports and all the communities in the state our part in the community in the state especially from an economic standpoint.”

The aeronautics commission had meetings this week. On the agenda was the modernization and expansion of regional Wyoming airports.

Outcomes included the Rawlins regional airport being approved for design upgrades to their airport. Sinclair is expanding airport capacity and repaving runways in anticipation of future growth, and Cheyenne Regional airport got approved to continue being a United Airline carrier.

The economic downturn of COVID-19 hit the airline industry the hardest. Federal money earmarked for these projects will help reinvigorate this economic sector so vital to Wyoming, and relief infrastructure money is anticipated to add to this. However, no definitive numbers are known yet.

“Aviation is vital to Wyoming. Its important to tourism which is our number two industry in the state. Its important to business and industry. So really every community in wyoming whether they have an airport or not is affected by it.”

With restrictions easing, tourism season is expected to be busy for Wyoming’s industries. Cheyenne Regional Airport anticipates the summer tourism season with the CFD Thunderbirds and the Wild West airshow anticipated this September.

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