Fare drops for Delta flights from four Wyoming airports
by Wyoming Department of Transportation - Aeronautics Division
September 21, 2010
Wyoming travelers who book Delta Airlines flights to any of the top western destinations can expect fares competitive with those at nearby out-of-state airports if they make their reservations at least 21 days before departure.
The new lower fares are now in effect for flights out of the Casper, Cody, Gillette and Rock Springs airports.
Representatives of WYDOT’s Aeronautics Division met with Delta Airlines officials in Atlanta last week to discuss lowering fares to capture a greater share of the Wyoming leisure traveler market. At the previous fare levels, the airline was losing much of that market because the cost of flying out of Wyoming airports was cost prohibitive for most families.
Under the new fares, travelers at the four Wyoming airports will see prices comparable to larger hub airports in neighboring states.
"Creating fare parity in Wyoming has been a priority under the Air Service Enhancement Program since its inception," Wyoming Aeronautics Commission Chairman Vince Tomassi said. "It is great seeing the hard work come to fruition. Now it is imperative to get the word out by promoting it and getting Wyoming consumers to change their habits of driving to airports outside of Wyoming."
Aeronautics Administrator Dennis Byrne said his division’s Air Service Enhancement Program is doing a good job of educating commercial airlines on issues important to Wyoming, and the result has been lower fares, better service and increased economic activity for the state.
"With the combination of fare sales and competitive leisure fares in these communities, we anticipate an increase in traffic year after year," said Amber Schlabs, business and marketing manager for the Aeronautics Division. "Fare parity is a goal for air service in the state and airlines are making an effort to work with us on these efforts."