The Sidney-Richland Airport operates year-round, which means it has a higher primary status threshold of 10,000 enplanements a year, McNutt said. The airport usually averages just over the threshold, but last year it lost around 4,000 enplanements.
Walt McNutt, chairman of the board for the Sidney-Regional Airport, said that the federal money has been going to taxiway improvement projects. The airport’s next big project will rely on money from the FAA to help repair grooves on the airport’s runway. Airport Improvement Program dollars can be used for a variety of purposes, including weather observation stations, airfield lighting, airport layout plans and taxiway construction or rehabilitation.
“West Yellowstone and us kind of got put into a bad situation,” McNutt said. “It’s like we slipped through a crack on this because it’s a small, little caveat,” Kadlec said.
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