Enplanements Up From Last Year

Enplanements at Sheridan County Airport are up from last year, and 100 percent of the flights have been completed, according to Airport Manager John Stopka.

Stopka reported figures in a meeting with Sheridan County commissioners Tuesday. He said enplanements were up slightly in both January and February this year over those months in 2017.

Stopka said 10 flights were delayed in February, mainly due to weather and the need to de-ice planes. According to figures presented by Stopka to commissioners Tuesday, more than 99 percent of Denver Air Connection flights since the start of air service in November 2015 have been completed, and more than 94 percent of the flights have been on time.

In other matters, Stopka said representatives of CAST – the Sheridan/Johnson county Critical Air Service Team – will attend a meeting in Buffalo on April 4 to ask for $50,000 in one-cent optional sales tax funds from the city of Buffalo and Johnson County.

Stopka said the Sheridan County Airport will receive $1 million from the federal government in fiscal year 2018. He said the airport also will recedive a grant of more than $746,000 from the federal government to pay for rehabilitation of the airfield lighting.

Total cost of the project is estimated at $796,000. Of the remaining funds, just under $20,000 will be provided by Sheridan County nd the balance, just under $30,000, will come from the state. Bid opening is scheduled for April 4 at 2 p.m.

Stopka said the local pilots association is planning for a fly-in at the Sheridan County Airport on Aug. 25.

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