TSA to Visit Airport This Month

Authorities with the Transportation Security Administration will visit the Sheridan County Airport sometime this month, according to Airport Manager John Stopka.

Stopka talked about preparations for the TSA to return to Sheridan County during a meeting with county commissioners Tuesday morning.

Stopka said it will be another four to six months before the TSA is back in place at the airport. He told commissioners that the airport would be unable to secure code-share agreements with other airlines or get baggage-handling without the presence of TSA at the airport.

Stopka said Denver Air Connection has completed 602 of 612 scheduled flights since the airline started service at the airport in November. He said that's a better than 98 percent flight completion, which is ahead of the national average for airline completions. The percentage of flights on-time is better than 93 percent, which is also better than the national average. Stopka said all of the late flights have been due to weather conditions in either Sheridan or Denver.

In other news Monday, Stopka said the state opened bids for seal coating and marking at the airport on April 28, and county commissioners will receive information at their meeting next week. Stopka also said Leadership Sheridan will be at the airport for a presentation on May 19.