Cheyenne runway project delayed by market forces and weather

Construction is taking place on the runway at Cheyenne Regional Airport.
Construction is taking place on the runway at Cheyenne Regional Airport.(KGWN)
Published: May. 25, 2021 at 7:50 PM CDT|Updated: May. 25, 2021 at 7:51 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (PRESS RELEASE) - While the wet weather in April and May has been mostly welcome, it set back the Runway Reconstruction Project at the Cheyenne Regional Airport. More significant, however, is a cement shortage that will pause commercial flights until early September.

Originally expected to resume before Frontier Days, air service is expected to resume by Labor Day. Prior to this new development, United Express had worked with the Airport and Cheyenne Frontier Days to introduce two and three daily flights in July.

“Our goal is to be back by Labor Day weekend,” says Airport Deputy Director, Nathan Banton. “If it were just an issue of the wet spring, we wouldn’t be far off schedule. What nobody could have predicted is a national supply issue with the low-alkaline cement needed to finish the runway project safely.”

While Banton calls the news disappointing, he notes that the future of the airport and air service continues to look bright. The runway project is part of an approximately $60 million investment project coming to Cheyenne, almost entirely from federal sources.

The project includes full depth pavement replacement, lighting enhancements, repairs, and other improvements to ensure commercial and military aviation will operate safely well into the future.

A 2021 aviation economic impact study from WYDOT Aeronautics revealed that the airport and Cheyenne aviation support 2296 total jobs—and air visitors to Cheyenne and the surrounding area account for $10 million in annual economic activity. According to the same study, every $1 invested in the airport and aviation returns $10 in direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts.

“The runway upgrades are necessary to keep this engine of our economic growth and opportunity going,” says Banton. “Our runway has served us well for over 50 years. That’s longer than most. The work we’re doing will secure the airport as critical economic infrastructure beyond the middle of the 21st century.”

The Cheyenne Regional Airport is working closely with the Wyoming Air National Guard to mitigate and minimize impacts to C-130 operations.

Passengers with commercial airline reservations in July and August will be contacted regarding re-ticketing and rescheduling through their original booking agencies. All passengers with concerns about their itineraries are encouraged to contact the airline or their respective booking agent directly.

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