Casper–Natrona County International Airport

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Casper–Natrona County International Airport
Casper Army Airfield
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IATA: CPRICAO: KCPRFAA LID: CPR
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Airport Board of Trustees
Serves Casper, Wyoming
Location Natrona County, near Casper, Wyoming
Elevation AMSL 5,344 ft / 1,629 m
Coordinates 42°54′29″N 106°27′52″W / 42.90806°N 106.46444°W / 42.90806; -106.46444Coordinates: 42°54′29″N 106°27′52″W / 42.90806°N 106.46444°W / 42.90806; -106.46444
Website iFlyCasper.com
Map
KCPR is located in Wyoming
KCPR
KCPR
Location in Wyoming
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 10,165 3,098 Asphalt
8/26 8,679 2,645 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Aircraft operations 45,986
Based aircraft 123
Sources: airport web site[1] and FAA[2]

Casper–Natrona County International Airport (IATA: CPRICAO: KCPRFAA LID: CPR) is 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Casper, in Natrona County, Wyoming.[2] Before December 19, 2007 the airport was called Natrona County International Airport.[3]

Scheduled passenger service is offered by SkyWest Airlines operating as Delta Connection on behalf of Delta Air Lines and also as United Express on behalf of United Airlines. Trans States Airlines operates as United Express on behalf of United Airlines as well. Both of these regional airlines operate regional jet aircraft into Casper. Allegiant Air also serves the airport and operates mainline jet aircraft. Charter flights (known as "casino or gamblers' flights") are occasionally flown to Laughlin or Wendover, Nevada. Located near the airport is the NCIA Business Park, which houses a World War II museum and over 35 business ranging from manufacturing to aviation.[4]

History[edit]

Casper had airline flights in the 1930s at Wardwell Field, north of town at 42°54′47″N 106°21′00″W / 42.913°N 106.35°W / 42.913; -106.35. The airport started as the Casper Army Airfield in September 1942,[5] 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 1945 was turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers as surplus.

The War Assets Administration turned the airfield over to civil control in the late 1940s, and in 1949 it became Natrona County Municipal Airport, replacing the former Casper Airport, Wardwell Field, whose runways are now streets in the town of Bar Nunn.

Past airline service[edit]

Challenger Airlines and successor Frontier Airlines (1950-1986) served at Casper from the 1940s until 1986. In 1950, Frontier was serving the airport with Douglas DC-3 aircraft and by the early 1960s the airline had introduced larger Convair 340 and Convair 440 propliners.[6] During the mid 1970s, Frontier began replacing their Convair 580 turboprop flights with Boeing 737-200 jet service primarily to its Denver (DEN) hub.[7] Western Airlines served the airport for many years as well from the 1940s until 1987 when this major air carrier was merged into Delta Air Lines which in turn continued service into Casper until the mid 1990s with nonstop flights to its Salt Lake City (SLC) hub operated with Boeing 727-200 and 737-200 jetliners.[8] Aircraft types operated by Western over the years included Douglas DC-3, Convair 240 and Douglas DC-6B propliners, Lockheed L-188 Electra turboprops and Boeing 727-200 and 737-200 jetliners with direct flights to Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and other destinations in the intermountain western and north central U.S. as well as direct service to Calgary, Alberta in Canada[9][10] Continental Airlines began flights in 1980 when this air carrier was operating a hub at Denver and was serving Casper with Boeing 727-200 and Douglas DC-9-10 jetliners during the early 1980s.[11] In 1985, United Airlines was serving Casper with nonstop Boeing 727-100 and 727-200 jet flights to its Denver hub.[12] Both Continental and United then ceased mainline flights and turned their respective services over to regional airline partners which operated code sharing flights as Continental Express or United Express with various turboprop aircraft types from the mid 1980s through the 1990s.[13] Continental Express service was operated by Pioneer Airlines with Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner aircraft and later by Rocky Mountain Airways with Beechcraft 1900C and ATR-42 aircraft while United Express service was flown by Aspen Airways with Convair 580 aircraft, Mesa Airlines with Beechcraft 1900C, de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 and Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia aircraft, and Air Wisconsin with Dornier 328 propjets. Prior to becoming a Continental Express air carrier, Rocky Mountain Airways was serving Casper in 1983 as an independent airline with de Havilland Canada DHC-7 Dash 7 turboprops while commuter air carrier Air US was also serving the airport at this same time with the regional airliner version of Grumman Gulfstream I business propjet.[14] Delta eventually turned its mainline service over to its code sharing regional airline partner, SkyWest Airlines, which in 1995 was operating as the Delta Connection with nonstop Canadair CRJ regional jet flights to Delta's Salt Lake City hub.[15] SkyWest continues to operate Delta Connection service with CRJ aircraft nonstop to Salt Lake City at the present time.

Airport renovations and increased airline service[edit]

In July 2004 the airport was renovated.[16] 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.[17] 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 increased capacity was being provided by larger regional jet aircraft. On April 30 2008, SkyWest Airlines began operating flights as United Express for United Airlines with Canadair CRJ 200 regional jets, replacing smaller Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia turboprops. Other increases in capacity have come as a result of additional flights. More recently Delta Connection announced the addition of an extra flight in summer 2011 on Saturdays and Sundays [18]

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. Perhaps this strategy worked, as data obtained on May 20, 2008 found that fares had decreased from the previous week.[19]

Environmental investigation[edit]

As a formerly used defense site (FUDS) the Army has had to review sites according to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act since 1980. It was not until 2014, that funding became available. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality's main concern is chemical contamination in the area of a former landfill and sewage treatment plant. Together with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the US Environmental Protection Agency it is investigating 12 sites.[20]

Facilities[edit]

The airport covers 5,131 acres (2,076 ha) and has two asphalt runways: 3/21 is 10,165 x 150 ft (3,098 x 46 m) and 8/26 is 8,679 x 150 ft (2,645 x 46 m).

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.[2] The airport is governed by a Board of Trustees with 5 members each serving a 5-year term.[21]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air Las Vegas
Delta Connection Salt Lake City
United Express Denver

Allegiant Air operates McDonnell Douglas MD-80 mainline jetliners. SkyWest Airlines operates Canadair CRJ 200 regional jets both as Delta Connection and as United Express. Trans States Airlines operates Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets as United Express. Charter flights also take off and land at Casper - Natrona County Int'l .

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
FedEx Express Boise, Memphis
FedEx Feeder Cody, Hayden (CO), Rock Springs, Salt Lake City, Scottsbluff

Statistics[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from CPR (Aug. 2014 – July 2015) [22]
Rank Airport Passengers Carrier
1 Denver, CO 59,000 United Express
2 Salt Lake City, UT 31,000 Delta Connection
3 Las Vegas, NV 12,000 Allegiant

Ground transportation[edit]

Taxi service and car rental agencies are available. Several local hotels offer free shuttle service.

In popular culture[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ Natrona County International Airport, official web site
  2. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for CPR (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-12-20
  3. ^ "NCIA adds Casper to name". Casper Star-Tribune. 2007-12-20. Retrieved 2007-12-23. 
  4. ^ "NCIA Business Park". 
  5. ^ History - Casper Army Air Field
  6. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Nov. 1, 1950 & July 1, 1961 Frontier Airlines system timetables
  7. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, April 1, 1974 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Denver-Casper flight schedules
  8. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Dec. 15, 1989 & Dec. 15, 1991 editions, Official Airline Guide (OAG), Salt Lake City-Casper flight schedules
  9. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, 1950s & 1960s Western Air Lines system timetables
  10. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 15, 1979 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Denver-Casper flight schedules
  11. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, June 1, 1982 Continental Airlines system timetable
  12. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Feb. 15, 1985 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Denver-Casper flight schedules
  13. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Feb. 15, 1985; Dec. 15, 1989; Oct. 1, 1991; April 2, 1995 and June 1, 1999 editions, Official Airline Guide (OAG), Denver-Casper flight schedules
  14. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, April 3, 1983 Official Airline Guide (OAG),Denver-Casper flight schedules
  15. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, April 2, 1995 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Salt Lake City-Casper flight schedules
  16. ^ "Airport renovations to start in July". Casper Star-Tribune. 2004-06-24. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  17. ^ "Into rare air". Casper Star-Tribune. 2008-01-27. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  18. ^ "Delta adds summer weekend flight". Casper Star-Tribune. 2011-03-20. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  19. ^ "Casper airfares plummet after study". 2008-05-26. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  20. ^ Graff, Trevor. "Regulators investigate Casper airport for WWII-era contamination". Casper Star-Tribune Onlinedate=July 25, 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  21. ^ NCIA - Airport Board of Trustees. Retrieved on 2007-12-23.
  22. ^ "Casper, WY: Casper/Natrona County International (CPR)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. December 2013. Retrieved October 2015. 

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