Laramie Officials Watching Trump on Rural Air Subsidy
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A manager at Laramie's regional airport says it's too soon to panic over a Trump administration proposal to eliminate subsidized air service to rural communities.
The city would be among 112 communities nationwide that could lose out if the Essential Air Service subsidies are eliminated.
Airport manager Jack Skinner says the program has been on the chopping block before. He says he's concerned but optimistic.
The subsidy allows SkyWest Airlines to operate out of Laramie. Mayor Andi Summerville says the city would need to provide $2 million to the commuter airline if the subsidy goes.
The airport served more than 29,000 passengers in 2016.