ROCK SPRINGS — Passenger traffic at Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport (RKS) continued its multi-year pattern of growth in 2019.
Passengers flying in and out of RKS during 2019 totaled 50,981, an increase of 5.94% over 2018 and 57.18% over 2016 during which 32,418 passengers boarded at RKS.
“Business and leisure travelers in Southwest Wyoming continue to recognize the convenience and value of flying local,” said Devon Brubaker, Airport Director. “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 November of 2016.”
Growth Expected in 2020
Continued passenger growth is expected in 2020 despite some economic headwinds thanks to an improved flight schedule beginning in March 2020 as well as an additional (3rd) seasonal flight to Denver five-days-a-week beginning in June.
Passenger traffic was not the only growth experienced at the airport in 2019. The airport experienced an 8.93% increase in time sensitive and often operationally-critical air cargo processed through the airport totaling 1,332,176 pounds.
As a sign of continued growth in flight operations, the airport recorded its fifth consecutive year of increases in landing weight of commercially operated aircraft and jet fuel sales totaling 45,849,407 pounds and 492,111 gallons, respectively.
Multi-Year Capital Improvement Program
The Rock Springs-Sweetwater County Airport Board has embarked on a multi-year $40 million capital program to upgrade the airport’s facilities and equipment, including an $18.5 million modernization of the commercial passenger terminal.
“These improvements will serve our airport and community for decades to come as we continue to serve as one of the region’s premier economic drivers,” said Jim Wamsley, Chairman of the Airport Board. “Our efforts to secure Federal and State grant funding for these improvements will allow the community to benefit from an incredibly low local share of the cost.”
Travelers are invited to check out the new lower fares at www.united.com and utilize the airport’s cost comparison tool at http://www.flyrks.com/flight-info/.
About the Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport
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 50,000 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.