Based on preliminary figures from Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., released Wednesday, there was a 16.1 percent decrease in the number of passengers who used the airline this April compared to April of last year. Just over 36,000 passengers used the Cheyenne-headquartered airline last month, but in April of last year, more than 43,000 passengers went airborne.
The largest overall decrease noted in these preliminary figures was a 23.5 percent reduction in the number of miles used by passengers that count towards revenue. Passengers accrued nearly 11,000 miles last month, compared to almost 14,000 miles racked up in April of 2012.
Preliminary year-to-date figures were also in the red for the airline that serves the Sheridan County Airport. There has been nearly a 21 percent decrease compared to year-to-date figures from 2012. Great Lakes CEO Chuck Howell has said the airline has been losing a significant chunk of its business to competing airlines in Casper and Gillette.