Traffic at the Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport is up 33.75% on a year over year basis to begin 2019.
This growth in early 2019 is building upon the successes seen in 2017 and 2018 where the airport experienced 11.73% and 32.18% year over year increases, respectively. January and February were the 25th and 26th consecutive months of passenger growth for the airport.
Strong community support, additional capacity, improved airfares, free parking and continued industry- beating airline operational reliability have all played roles in the continuation of sustained passenger growth, which began in January of 2017.
“We are pleased to see this positive trend continue into 2019, especially given our strong traffic numbers in 2017 and 2018,” stated Devon Brubaker, A.A.E., Airport Director. “Passenger demand is a critical factor when speaking with airlines regarding improving and increasing air service to our region. Our airline partner has added capacity at RKS and our customers have utilized it. We appreciate the support of our community choosing to fly RKS. Carriers will not add additional service to a market if the current service is not being used.”
2019 is already on pace to be the best year on record for passenger traffic at RKS.
This success is in addition to the improvements to the airport's general aviation terminal. The Wyoming Business Council, the state's economic development agency, provided a $3 million grant to Sweetwater County to construct a new terminal and hangar.
The Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport is a commercial and general aviation airport serving Southwest Wyoming and is located 7 miles east of Rock Springs in Sweetwater County. It is owned by the City of Rock Springs and operated by the Rock Springs Sweetwater County Airport Joint Powers Board representing both the City of Rock Springs and Sweetwater County. Serving over 47,000 commercial passengers and thousands of general aviation flights annually, the airport generates an annual economic impact of over $27 million to the local community and $31 million to the State of Wyoming.