WPR News
11:49 am
Mon December 13, 2004

All Sides Pleased With Northwest Casper Flights

Casper, WY – Northwest Airlines is pleased with the traffic they've seen in their first two months of offering flights between Casper and Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Jet service to the Northwest hub started in early October. The airline's Media Relations Manager Thomas Becher says with a new market Casper's performance has been about what they'd expect, and maybe a little better. Becher thinks the positive response has been due to the fact that Northwest is the only airline with jet service from Casper. He says offering the state's only hub to the east has also been a draw. Local officials are also pleased. Natrona County International Airport saw a 24% increase in traffic in October when compared to the same month a year ago. Casper Area Economic Development Alliance President Chris Manegold also says Northwest doesn't appear to be taking traffic away from United Express or Delta Connection flights. He says that is what they hoped would happen: more competition, lower airfares, and fewer people driving out of town to start their trips.