Mar 22, 2012 7:26 PM by Drew Trafton (KTVQ- Billings)
BILLINGS- The day after Silver Airways officially announced the addition of a flight between Billings and Helena, the company's vice-president of Emergency Air Service, Mickey Bowman was in Billings to discuss the future of the program and even more expansion for the airline in Montana.
On top of the twice daily Monday through Friday Helena to Billings flight starting in May, the airline is also adding a fourth daily (Monday through Friday) flight from Billings to Sidney.
Currently the airline also has one Saturday and Sunday flight from Billings to Sidney.
"Whereas, we may be un-planeing 4 or 5 passengers out of some of the smaller communities, it's not unusual at all for us to fill all 3 trips out of Sidney, particularly, let's say, on a Friday, when folks are coming out of the oil fields going home," said Bowman. "It's not that unusual at all to have 57 people come out of Sidney on the same day."
Bowman says that 75% of all traffic from the Sidney flights is oil field related.
All Essential Air Service flights, including the Sidney to Billings flights, cost $150 round trip.
Bowman said the company is also considering adding flights from Billings to Great Falls and Billings to Missoula.