Leakage At Sheridan Airport Worse Than First Reported

Sheridan Airport Manager John Stopka.
Sheridan Airport Manager John Stopka.

In a story Sheridan Media ran last week concerning leakage at the Sheridan Airport and a local group's attempts to reverse the trend, figures originally given by the group were correct but not used in the proper context.

Data they presented was that the airport had 17 and 14% leakage to other airports in the region in June and July, but the actual figures are that the Sheridan Airport retained 17 and 14%, meaning the leakage rates were 83% and 86%, much worse than originally reported.

Sheridan Airport Manager John Stopka explains where the people are boarding instead of Sheridan.

Stopka said purchases made on-line and from on-line travel companies is compiled and that is where his figures come from. No personal information is given, only zip codes of purchasers and where they fly out of.

Although the airport may not be going anywhere the possibility of Sheridan losing air service is very real, he said.

Fewer passengers using the airport would mean less revenue for improvements and maintenance to the airport, which is the concern and focus of the group trying to raise community awareness and involvement in both Sheridan and Johnson Counties, which would both be negatively impacted economically if that should happen, he said.

For more information, or to get involved, contact Jay Stender at Forward Sheridan at 673-8004, Dixie Johnson at the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce at 672-2485, Sheridan County Commissioner Steve Maier at 674-2900 or Angela Jarvis at the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce at 684-5544.

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