Casper–Natrona County International Airport
|Casper–Natrona County International Airport
Casper Army Airfield
|IATA: CPR – ICAO: KCPR – FAA LID: CPR|
|Operator||Airport Board of Trustees|
|Location||Natrona County, near Casper, Wyoming|
|Elevation AMSL||5,350 ft / 1,631 m|
|Sources: airport web site and FAA|
Casper–Natrona County International Airport (IATA: CPR, ICAO: KCPR, FAA LID: CPR) is 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Casper, in Natrona County, Wyoming. The airport is governed by a Board of Trustees with 5 members each serving a 5-year term. Before December 19, 2007 the airport was called Natrona County International Airport.
Scheduled passenger service is offered by SkyWest Airlines for Delta Air Lines, SkyWest Airlines for United Airlines, and Allegiant Air. Charter flights (known as "casino or gamblers' flights") occasionally go to Laughlin or Wendover, Nevada.
In July 2004 the airport was renovated. TSA baggage screening was moved from in front of the ticket counters to the area behind them. The rental car counters were moved next to baggage claim. T upper level of the gate area, once used for jet flights, was transformed into a viewing station.
Since early 2008 the airport has been in talks with the carriers to increase capacity. This is due in part to the 5.8% increase in the Natrona County population in 2000-2006 and a 1.8% growth rate in 2006 alone. Some of the capacity will be provided by larger equipment. On April 30 2008, SkyWest Airlines began operating flights for United Airlines using CRJ 200 aircraft, replacing smaller turboprops. Other increases in capacity have come as a result of additional flights. Most recently Delta has announced the addition of an extra flight in summer 2011 on Saturday and Sunday 
The airport hopes to bring fares down; a recent leakage study shows that many travelers drive to Denver International Airport to get lower fares. The information was passed on to the airlines in the hopes of lower fares. Maybe it worked, as data obtained on May 20, 2008 shows that fares decreased from the previous week.
Near the airport is the NCIA Business Park, which houses over 35 business ranging from manufacturing to aviation.
In the year ending May 31, 2006 the airport had 47,210 aircraft operations, average 129 per day: 60% general aviation, 24% scheduled airline, 14% air taxi and 1% military. 90 aircraft are based at the airport: 51% single-engine, 34% multi-engine, 9% jet and 6% helicopter.
Airlines and destinations
|Allegiant Air||Las Vegas|
|Delta Connection||Salt Lake City|
|FedEx Express||Boise, Memphis|
Taxi service and car rental agencies are available. Several local hotels offer free shuttle service.
The airport started as the Casper Army Airfield in September 1942, consisting of four asphalt hard surfaced runways - N/S, NE/SW, E/W, NW/SE - varying in length between 8900' and 8600'. ) Casper AAF was assigned to Second Air Force as a heavy bomber (B-17; B-24) replacement training unit, with the 331st Bombardment Group being the training unit with four squadrons (461st, 462d, 463d and 464th Bombardment) training of personnel in heavy bomber operations. The 331st Combat Crew Training School provided ground instruction. Once personnel completed the training course, they were sent to various combat units overseas as replacement personnel.
The 331st was converted to a Very Heavy (B-29) group in July 1944 and began training for deployment to Twentieth Air Force in the Pacific. The 211th Army Air Force Base Unit took control of the airfield. Casper AAF became part of Air Transport Command as a transit station for WASP pilots ferrying combat aircraft across the United States. The airfield was inactivated in March 1945, and on 30 September was turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers as surplus.
The airfield was converted to civil control by the War Assets Administration in the late 1940s, and in 1949 it become Natrona County Municipal Airport, in what is now Bar Nunn: the streets were the runways.
The airport is home to the Wyoming Veterans' Memorial Museum, a World War II museum in the business park.
Casper had airline flights in the 1930s at Wardwell Field, north of town at; the airlines probably moved to the present airport about 1950. Challenger and successor Frontier Airlines stopped at Casper from the 1940s until 1986; Western was there most of the time from the 1940s until 1987, and successor Delta continued until 1993-94. Continental appeared off and on starting in 1980, and United appeared for a few years starting around 1984.
In popular culture
In the 2011 comedy film Bridesmaids, an airplane makes an emergency landing at the airport to deplane a rowdy flier and her group of friends.
- Natrona County International Airport, official web site
- FAA Airport Master Record for CPR ( PDF), effective 2007-12-20
- NCIA - Airport Board of Trustees. Retrieved on 2007-12-23.
- "NCIA adds Casper to name". Casper Star-Tribune. 2007-12-20. Retrieved 2007-12-23.
- "Airport renovations to start in July". Casper Star-Tribune. 2004-06-24. Retrieved 2008-02-24.
- "Into rare air". Casper Star-Tribune. 2008-01-27. Retrieved 2008-02-24.
- "Delta adds summer weekend flight". Casper Star-Tribune. 2011-03-20. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
- "Casper airfares plummet after study". 2008-05-26. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
- "NCIA Business Park".
- History - Casper Army Air Field
- (PDF), effective June 26, 2014
- Resources for this airport: