Low Passenger Numbers Preclude Airport From Receiving Federal
North Platte Regional Airport (KLBF) has failed for a third
straight year to reach 10,000 enplanements, which means the airport
will not be eligible for about $1 million in federal grant money
from the FAA.
The North Platte Telegraph reports that airport manager Mike
Sharkey said there were just over 9,000 enplanements in 2011, up
three percent over 2010. But that was not enough to trigger
"primary airport" status for the facility, which would open the
door to guaranteed federal money for airport improvements.
AIP grants pay for up to 95 percent of qualified improvement
projects. Sharkey called the low number of enplanements a "sign of
The airport bills its self as "America's First Lighted
Airfield." There are 19 flights to Denver weekly operated by Great
Lakes Airlines under codeshare agreements with United and Frontier