CYAIR Chooses SkyWest
Written by Andrew-Rossi on November 7, 2017
SkyWest received a vote of confidence from a local board tasked with securing air service to Yellowstone Regional Airport.
The Cody-Yellowstone Air Improvement group, or CYAIR, last week weighed bids from both United and SkyWest-Delta Connection that were submitted to the FAA. The bids were for federal funds that would subsidize flights in and out of Cody year round under the Essential Air Service program. SkyWest proposed a bid of $1.3 million dollars, while United’s bid was significantly less, just $850,000.
According to CYAIR member Bucky Hall, the group was divided on their decision, but chose reliability over the lower bid. Hall says that although United provides service to the popular Denver hub, the company has repeatedly let the public down by canceling flights to and from Denver, and has proved difficult to negotiate with in the past.
On the other hand, he says SkyWest has demonstrated reliability and excellent customer service on multiple levels. So Hall says ultimately, the group chose to back the bid that will serve the community best.
Hall points out that although SkyWest submitted a significantly higher bid, the amounts will not matter to the community, as the funds come from the Federal Government. And Hall says a source involved in the government process told him that the bid amounts are not as important to the FAA as the recommendations from the community.
In order to complete the bid process, CYAIR is requesting letters from organizations throughout the County in support of their bid. Hall will be appearing this morning at the County Commissioners meeting to request support. They will also be requesting support from the Cities of Cody and Powell, as well as larger businesses in the region.