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About the Airport


WY Statewide Airport Inventory

An "operation" is defined as either a take-off, a landing or a touch-and-go. Take-offs and landings count as one operation, whereas "touch-and-goes" are considered both a take-off and a landing and therefore count as two operations. Aircraft Operations are typically a good metric to determine overall use of the Airport.


Breaking down the Operations by month demonstrates the Airport's usage during peak times of the year (during Frontier Days) and when there are significant lulls (during the winter months) and for the Airport to plan accordingly.


Itinerant Aircraft Operations are defined as aircraft operations for those visiting or just passing through the community. These aircraft are considered visitors to our community, and understanding their behavior throughout the year helps our community understand trends relatable to events and activities in the community.


Understanding the frequency of use of the Airport by our local community members demonstrates the importance and need for an Airport in the community.


Because Cheyenne Regional Airport is home to general aviation aircraft, commercial services, and the Wyoming Air National Guard as well as a fueling point for U.S. Military aircraft, it is important to understand who is using the airport relative to their type of operation.


As a general metric on commercial service performance, the Airport collects data demonstrating how many total passengers travel through the Airport each year. These figures include both revenue, non-revenue (airline employees), enplaned (leaving Cheyenne) and de-planed (arriving into Cheyenne) passengers.

With the advent of commercial service jets the need for large capital improvements for airports nationwide increased dramatically to provide for pavements that could sustain the weight of these hefty aircraft. The Airport Improvement Program provides grants to airports such as Cheyenne to help with maintaining and constructing paved structures as well as infrastructure to support commercial service operations. These funds come directly from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which collects funds from taxing passengers for each ticket they purchase with an airline. Contrary to popular belief, unless you travel out of the Airport your tax dollars are not typically used to improve the areas available for AIP funding; which are the most expensive projects airports typically engage in. To determine how much the Airport is entitled to for these projects, the FAA uses a formula which includes how many enplaned passengers (boarding aircraft leaving Cheyenne) the Airport had each year. The more enplaned passengers, the more money is available through the AIP program.

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