Westward Airways (Nebraska)
|Commenced operations||June 1, 2004|
|Ceased operations||July 25, 2005|
"The River Route"
Westward Airways was an airline based in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, USA. It was a regional airline operating scheduled services in Nebraska and New Mexico. Westward Airways ceased flight operations on July 25, 2005.
The airline was established in 2002 and started operations on June 1, 2004 with flights on a Scottsbluff - North Platte - Kearney - Lincoln - Omaha route also known as "the river route". On April 5, 2005 a new operation was created in New Mexico linking Albuquerque with Alamogordo, Gallup, Las Cruces, and Taos. In early July 2005 Westward Airways halted services to Alamogordo and three other New Mexico cities, saying it couldn't continue to sustain losses caused by low passenger numbers and insufficient subsidies. As the Albuquerque to Alamogordo route was subsidized under Essential Air Service, the airline was ordered to maintain operating this route. Flights were reinstated for a few more days but operations were stopped altogether on July 25, 2005.
Westward Airways operated services to the following scheduled domestic destinations: Lincoln, North Platte, Omaha, Scottsbluff, and Kearney. On April 5, 2005 new services were initiated at Albuquerque, Alamogordo, Gallup, Las Cruces, and Taos. Services were planned to Phoenix from both Gallup and Las Cruces but these routes never began.
Westward Airways fleet included 3 Pilatus PC-12s.
- Flight International April 12–18, 2005
- US Department of Transportation retrieved November 27, 2006
- Lampe, Nelson (July 27, 2007). "Westward Airways out of business in New Mexico, Nebraska". Lincoln Journal Star. Associated Press. Retrieved December 23, 2007.
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