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Natrona County Commissioners approve subsidized airport funding

 The check-in area at Casper-Natrona County International Airport in Natrona County, Wyo.
The check-in area at Casper-Natrona County International Airport in Natrona County, Wyo. (KCWY)
Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 5:46 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Board of Natrona County Commissioners approved funding to help with the minimum revenue guarantee to help pay for one Delta flight from Casper to Salt Lake City.

“Having one flight to build off of at the end of the six-month period will show that demand has picked back up and not only will [Skywest] continue that flight but be willing to add a second,” said Paul Bertoligo, the Natrona County Commissioners Board Chairman.

Airport officials told the Board yesterday that if the last Delta flight operated by Skywest leaves, then the plane and pilots would be moved somewhere that has more demand for travel right now. Natrona County is committed to 60 percent of the minimum revenue fee to pay for the one flight.

Bertoligo hopes business owners and other community members help show Skywest that the community wants them here. Bertoligo is aware of all of the people who would have been negatively impacted if this flight was cut. “This affects the business community and leisure travel. Plus people that fly to Salt Lake City for medical purposes. It runs of full gambit of people that need access to that terminal,” Bertoligo said.

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