Riverton Regional Airport

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Riverton Regional Airport
Riverton Regional Airport Logo.png
Airport type Public
Owner City of Riverton
Serves Riverton, Wyoming
Elevation AMSL 5,528 ft / 1,685 m
Coordinates 43°03′51″N 108°27′35″W / 43.06417°N 108.45972°W / 43.06417; -108.45972Coordinates: 43°03′51″N 108°27′35″W / 43.06417°N 108.45972°W / 43.06417; -108.45972
Website http://flyriverton.com/
RIW is located in Wyoming
Location of airport in Wyoming / United States
RIW is located in the US
RIW (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10/28 8,204 2,501 Asphalt
1/19 4,800 1,463 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Aircraft operations 6,690
Based aircraft 45

Riverton Regional Airport (IATA: RIW, ICAO: KRIW, FAA LID: RIW) is a city owned, public use airport located three nautical miles (6 km) northwest of the central business district of Riverton, a city in Fremont County, Wyoming, United States.[1] The airfield also serves nearby Lander, Wyoming with regard to scheduled passenger airline flights. It is mostly used for general aviation, but is also served by one commercial passenger airline. Service was subsidized by the Essential Air Service program until October 2006, when Great Lakes Airlines began providing subsidy-free service.[2] Key Lime Air operating as the Denver Air Connection began serving the airport with regional jet aircraft on July 1, 2016.

As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 17,035 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[3] 14,186 enplanements in 2009, and 14,361 in 2010.[4] It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[5]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Riverton Regional Airport covers an area of 1,250 acres (506 ha) at an elevation of 5,528 feet (1,685 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 10/28 is 8,204 by 150 feet (2,501 x 46 m) and 1/19 is 4,800 by 75 feet (1,463 x 23 m).[1] The airport is an uncontrolled airport that has no control tower.[6]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 6,690 aircraft operations, an average of 18 per day: 76% general aviation, 24% air taxi, and <1% military. At that time there were 45 aircraft based at this airport: 89% single-engine, 9% multi-engine, and 2% jet.[1]

Airline and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Key Lime Air Denver, Sheridan

Key Lime Air operating as the Denver Air Connection operates Fairchild Dornier 328JET regional jet aircraft.

Great Lakes Airlines previously served the airport with Beechcraft 1900D commuter turboprops. On November 1, 2016 Great Lakes introduced larger Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia propjets on most of its flights to Denver.[7] However, Great Lakes no longer serves Riverton.[8]

Historical airline service[edit]

The original Frontier Airlines (1950-1986) served the airport for many years. In 1950, Frontier was operating Douglas DC-3 service with flights to Denver, Salt Lake City, Billings, Casper, Cheyenne and other local destinations in the region.[9] By 1964, Frontier had introduced Convair 580 turboprop aircraft with nonstop service to Denver, Casper, Jackson, WY, and Rock Springs as well as direct, no change of plane flights to Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, Billings, Cheyenne, Laramie, Cody and other destinations.[10] Frontier Airlines predecessor Challenger Airlines had previously served Riverton during the 1940s.[11]

The jet age arrived in Riverton in 1979 when Frontier began serving the airport with Boeing 737-200 jetliners in addition to operating flights with Convair 580 turboprops.[12] Frontier operated direct 737 jet flights to Denver via an intermediate stop in Casper from the late 1970s to the mid 1980s.[13] However, by 1985 Frontier had ceased serving the airport.[14] Frontier was the only airline ever to operate mainline jet aircraft into the airport with the 737.

Frontier's service was replaced by Pioneer Airlines operating code sharing flights as Continental Express on behalf of Continental Airlines with nonstop Swearingen Metroliner propjet service to Denver in 1985.[15] By 1989, Rocky Mountain Airways was operating Continental Express service nonstop to Denver with ATR 42 and Beechcraft 1900C turboprops via a code share agreement with Continental.[16] In 1995, the Continental Express code share service at the airport was being operated by GP Express Airlines with Beechcraft 1900C turboprops nonstop to Denver.[17] By 1991, United Express operated by Mesa Airlines had joined Continental Express at the airport with Beechcraft 1900C turboprop service nonstop to Denver flown via a code sharing agreement with United Airlines.[18] Continental then shut down its connecting hub in Denver and by 1999 only United Express operated by Great Lakes Airlines was serving the airport with nonstop Beechcraft 1900 flights to Denver.[19] Great Lakes subsequently lost its United Express designation but continued to serve the airport as an independent commuter air carrier before ceasing all service into Riverton.


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for RIW (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "Order 2006-9-9". U.S. Department of Transportation. September 11, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.  External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ https://www.airnav.com/airport/KRIW
  7. ^ http://www.greatlakesav.com, Flight Info, Time Table
  8. ^ http://www.flygreatlakes.com
  9. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Nov. 1, 1950 Frontier Airlines system timetable
  10. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Aug. 1, 1964 Frontier Airlines system timetable
  11. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Challenger Airlines timetable covers with route maps
  12. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 15, 1979 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Casper-Riverton schedules
  13. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Feb. 1, 1980 & June 1, 1983 & June 1, 1984 Frontier Airlines route maps
  14. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, April 4, 1985 Frontier Airlines route map
  15. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Feb. 15, 1985 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Denver-Riverton schedules
  16. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Denver-Riverton schedules
  17. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, April 2, 1995 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Denver-Riverton schedules
  18. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Oct. 1, 1991 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Denver-Riverton schedules
  19. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, June 1, 1999 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Denver-Riverton schedules

Other sources[edit]

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-2003-14536) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Notice (February 17, 2003): of Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. to terminate scheduled air service at Riverton, Wyoming. The effective date of this intended termination is May 17, 2003.
    • Order 2003-4-11 (April 15, 2003): prohibiting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. (Great Lakes), from suspending its unsubsidized service at Riverton, Wyoming and requesting proposals from carriers interested in providing replacement at the community.
    • Order 2004-7-16 (July 20, 2004): selects Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service with 19-passenger B1900D aircraft at Laramie, Riverton, Rock Springs, and Worland, Wyoming, for two years for annual subsidy rates of $397,400, $394,046, $390,488, and $797,844, respectively.
    • Order 2006-9-9 (September 11, 2006): re-selecting Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., operating as both a United Airlines and Frontier code-share partner, to provide subsidized essential air service (EAS) at Laramie and Worland, Wyoming, at an annual subsidy rate of $487,516 for Laramie and $972,757 for Worland, for the two-year period of October 1, 2006, through September 30, 2008. On June 14, 2006, Great Lakes notified the Department that it will continue its existing service at Rock Springs but on a subsidy-free basis as of October 1, 2006, the beginning of the new rate-term. On July 24, 2006, Great Lakes notified the Department that it will also continue to provide its existing service at Riverton on a subsidy-free basis beginning October 1, 2006.

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