The Western Nebraska Regional Airport has officially reached the minimum of 10,000 boardings needed annually to guarantee a million dollars in airport safety funding for next year.
Assistant Airport Director Cheryl Clause confirmed Monday the airport met the 10,000 boarding figure Friday and was at 10,076 Sunday afternoon. Clause said the airport is on a pace to reach between 12-13,000 boardings by the end of the year.
Airport manager Raul Aguallo had indicated earlier this month the tremendous support by the public to United Airlines, flying as SkyWest, would get the airport to the magic number by the end of the month.
SkyWest replaced unreliable Pen Air on the Scottsbluff to Denver essential air service route in late January. The public soon understood things had changed and they could rely on Skywest to be on time and get them to Denver in a timely manner so they could catch connecting flights at DIA.
Once the public’s confidence soared, the boarding numbers increased drastically every month.