SkyWest Airlines to Contract with State
SkyWest Airlines has been chosen by members of a previously appointed state legislative group and other air service experts to enter into negotiations for a long-term contract to provide air service to as many as four Wyoming airports.
The selection committee consisted of two Wyoming legislators who served on the Commercial Air Service Improvement Council, two aeronautics commissioners, and other air service experts. They worked with the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Procurement Office to select SkyWest Airlines to enter into negotiations to provide air service to Gillette, Riverton, Rock Springs, and Sheridan.
The committee announced Monday that they found the SkyWest/United Express proposal to be the best choice to continue carrying out their mission and accomplishing the goals of the Commercial Air Service Improvement Plan. Details of the contract and service, which would be branded United Express and operated by SkyWest, will be negotiated next.
The Commercial Air Service Improvement Council was formed by the Wyoming legislature in the 2018 legislative session and included 11 community and legislative stakeholders from around the state. The council’s mission was to develop a long-term plan that provides recommendations on how to achieve more efficient, stable, and reliable air service in the state of Wyoming.