By Tesia Galvan
Staff Writer 

Final flight

Last essential air service flight of Great Lakes leaves Worland empty


October 1, 2016

Tesia Galvan

Flight No. 2956 takes off from Worland Municipal Airport Friday, the final commercial flight at the airport since Worland lost its essential air service and the current contract ended Friday.

WORLAND – An empty aircraft departed the Worland Municipal Airport at 12:29 p.m. on Friday afternoon, signaling the end of an era.

During that time, Airport Manager Lynn Murdoch and two Great Lakes Aviation employees watched as flight No. 2956 departed. The flight was the last flight out of Worland with essential air service. No commercial flyers were on board.

What this means for Worland

The last flight concluded events that occurred months ago. In May, the City of Worland received the official letter from the Wyoming Department of Transportation stating Worland has lost its essential air service eligibility because its subsidy requirements were exceeded.

The Order from the Department of Transportation said they "will not entertain petitions for reconsideration for this Order, as the opportunity was provided."

Worland's essential air service was provided by Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. since 1997 and the city's eligibility was terminated when the $1,000 per passenger subsidy cap was exceeded. The loss of the essential air service funding will result in the loss of an annual subsidy of $2,327,987 to provide commercial airline service in Worland.


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