Rock Springs–Sweetwater County Airport

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Rock Springs–Sweetwater County Airport
Rock Springs–Sweetwater County Airport Logo.png
Airport type Public
Owner Rock Springs & Sweetwater County
Serves Rock Springs, Wyoming
Elevation AMSL 6,765 ft / 2,062 m
Coordinates 41°35′39″N 109°03′55″W / 41.59417°N 109.06528°W / 41.59417; -109.06528Coordinates: 41°35′39″N 109°03′55″W / 41.59417°N 109.06528°W / 41.59417; -109.06528
RKS is located in Wyoming
RKS is located in the US
Location of airport in Wyoming / United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9/27 10,000 3,048 Asphalt
3/21 5,228 1,593 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Aircraft operations 14,075
Based aircraft 44

Rock Springs–Sweetwater County Airport (IATA: RKSICAO: KRKSFAA LID: RKS) is eight miles east of Rock Springs, in Sweetwater County, Wyoming. It is owned by the city and county.[1] The airport sees one airline; scheduled passenger flights at Rock Springs used to be subsidized by the Essential Air Service program.[2][needs update].

Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 25,541 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[3] 19,458 in 2009 and 20,993 in 2010.[4] The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[5]


The airport covers 1,242 acres (503 ha) at an elevation of 6,765 feet (2,062 m). It has two asphalt runways: 9/27 is 10,000 by 150 feet (3,048 x 46 m), and 3/21 is 5,228 by 75 feet (1,593 x 23 m).[1]

In the year ending December 30, 2010 the airport had 14,075 aircraft operations, average 38 per day: 85% general aviation, 15% air taxi, and <1% military. 44 aircraft were then based at this airport: 84% single-engine, 11% multi-engine, and 5% ultralight.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

One airline serves Rock Springs:

Airlines Destinations
United Express Denver

United Airlines DC-3s landed at Rock Springs until 1952; the last Frontier Convair left in 1984-85. For a short time, Delta Connection operated flights to Salt Lake City, Utah and Gillette, Wyoming.


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for RKS (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)

Other sources[edit]

  • Essential Air Service documents (Docket OST-1997-2959) from the U.S. Department of Transportation:
    • Order 2000-5-14 (May 11, 2000): tentatively reselecting Great Lakes Aviation to provide essential air service at Laramie, Rock Springs and Worland, Wyoming, for the two-year period from May 1, 2000-April 30, 2002, at an annual subsidies of $297,633, for Laramie, $465,023, for Rock Springs, and $353,345 for Worland.
    • Order 2002-7-20 (July 11, 2002): extends the interim subsidy rates of Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. at each of the communities listed (Page, AZ; Alamosa, CO; Pueblo, CO; Ironwood, MI/Ashland, WI; McCook, NE; Laramie, WY; Rock Springs, WY; Worland, WY; Moab, UT; Vernal, UT).
    • Order 2004-7-16 (July 20, 2004): selects Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd., to provide essential air service with 19-passenger B1900Ds 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 subsidy-free as of October 1, 2006, the beginning of the new rate-term. On July 24, 2006 Great Lakes notified the Department that it will continue its existing service at Riverton subsidy-free beginning October 1, 2006.

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