Great Lakes Airlines has released its most recent figures for March, showing an overall decrease in the amount of passengers who use the service. Sheridan Media's Chris Foy has the story.
Based on preliminary figures from Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. released Friday, there was a 5.3 percent decrease in the number of passengers who used the airline compared to this time, last year. Nearly 41,000 passengers used Great Lakes last month, but in March of last year, more than 43,000 passenger went airborne.
There was also a 15.3 percent decrease in the number of miles used by passengers. Nearly 12,000 miles were accrued by passengers in March, compared to 14,127 miles collected in March of 2012.
The largest decrease overall was in the preliminary year-to-date figures. Passenger counts decreased 11.5 percent for this year so far, compared to the year-to-date figures for 2012. Passenger miles also decreased in this category, but by 19.7 percent.
At at recent meeting of the Sheridan County Airport/Great Lakes Task Force, Great Lakes CEO Chuck Howell said the airline is losing 70 percent of its business to airlines in Casper and Gillette. He says this, as well as sequestration, led to a 20 percent cut in the airline's entire operating budget.