Chicago Flights Start Saturday
Written by Andrew-Rossi on June 8, 2017
Beginning this Saturday visitors from the Midwest have the option for a direct flight from Chicago to Cody.
The Cody Yellowstone Air Improvement Resources group has once again secured Chicago flights once per week, a United flight arriving on Saturday and departing on Sunday, beginning June 10. The flights will continue through mid-August.
Bucky Hall, director of the CYAIR group, says that with the addition of the Chicago flight, Saturdays this summer will see seven commercial airplanes landing at Yellowstone Regional Airport. Delta runs flights daily to and from Salt Lake City all year, thanks to the federal Essential Air Service subsidy. Hall says that the CYAIR group is still negotiating with United for a year round flight to Denver, but at this point the airline is unwilling to commit.
Hall says United and Delta require a minimum revenue guarantee in order to fly in and out of this small airport, and without state and federal subsidies, the airlines wouldn’t find the flights financially worthwhile. Funding for air service comes from the State Aeronautics commission, from the federal government, from the County, and from donors from the private sector.