Sheridan County Commissioners, officials with Great Lakes Airlines and members of the Air Service Task Force met Wednesday to discuss the state of the airline's service at the Sheridan County Airport. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy was there and brings us this report.
The CEO of Great Lakes Airlines, Chuck Howell, says automatic budget cuts will force the airline to cut $40 million from its budget - that's 20 percent of its entire operating budget. Despite the financial news, Howell stresses Great Lakes is committed to Sheridan for the
Howell says competition with other airlines, like Southwest's new addition in Denver, has made it a low-cost hub for the traveling public. He says Great Lakes is moving out of Las Vegas, Nevada and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
He says Great Lakes is shrinking when it should be growing, and that's the plan moving forward - in addition to a comprehensive marketing strategy. Director of Public Relations for the airline, Monica Taylor-Lee, explains.
Howell says that overall, Great Lakes is losing 70 percent of its business to airlines in Casper and Gillette.