Both Johnson County and the City of Buffalo signed an agreement acknowledging the Sheridan Airport for “critical air service,” and backing a request for more funding from the state for the critical air service program.
Angela Jarvis, Director of the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Sheridan/Johnson County Critical Air Service Task Force (C.A.S.T.) spoke to both entities at their last meetings and explained what they are trying to do.
Former Governor Dave Freudenthal had set aside $6 million per year in Essential Air Service (E.A.S.) funding to help supplement a number of airports in the state that were logistically necessary but not quite self-sufficient. At that time, a number of the airports did not need or were not utilizing those funds and the program was cut back to $3 million, where it still sits today.
Jarvis said Sheridan's Airport, a commercial airport, is interested in pursuing the additional funding if it is approved.
She explains more about what they hope Governor Matt Mead will do to help these airports around the state.
The program will also require a local match in funding, which Jarvis explained would be considered the guaranteed flights out of the Sheridan Airport that local businesses, government agencies and others could commit to per year.
SkyWest Airlines would guarantee that number of flights per year out of the airport.
The city and county both signed the critical air service agreement that will now head to the Governor.