June 2022
From the XD's Desk:
Scheduled Air Service Supports Economic Development

Pilot Shortage a Cause for Schedule Changes
United Express flights operated by SkyWest Airlines are a key factor in Salina’s economic development success. Scheduled service to United’s Denver and Chicago hubs connects Salina to national and international destinations. The connections permit local business and industry to reach a wide variety of domestic and international talent, customers and vendors.

Over the past 60 years Salina has been served by a variety of air carriers. Longtime residents will remember the names of Continental Airlines, Central Airlines, Frontier, Air Midwest, Eastern, USAir, Braniff and Great Lakes. The best years for scheduled air service have several factors in common.

  • Regional jet aircraft
  • A minimum of two flights per day, seven days per week
  • Service to large hubs, such as DEN and ORD
  • Branded and full code-share affiliation with either American, Delta or United

Since 2017, United Express flights operated by SkyWest Airlines have met and exceeded Salina community requirements for scheduled air service. In partnership with the United States Department of Transportation, United and SkyWest has resulted in record passenger numbers and the best level of service we have enjoyed.

The current national pilot shortage has caused all airlines to make changes to cities served, aircraft fleet size and scheduling. Like other airlines, United and SkyWest are making changes in response to the pilot shortage. For the foreseeable future, Salina travelers will see schedule changes that are intended to utilize available pilots and aircraft as efficiently as possible. The good news is that United and SkyWest are committed to providing Salina area passengers the best possible schedule and hub connections for domestic and international air travel. 

"There are few greater contributors to economic development than quality air service. United Express jet service operated by SkyWest to both Chicago and Denver will increase trade activity to and from Salina and North Central Kansas by enabling faster and easier movement of passengers to more locations. Quality air service helps with business recruitment, business retention and quality of life." - Gary Foss, managing partner, ArkStar Group

Tim Rogers, A.A.E.
Executive Director
Salina Airport Authority
Salina Regional Airport & Airport Industrial Center
SkyWest Airlines Withdraws Termination Notice for Salina, KS

United Express Flights to Denver and Chicago will continue uninterrupted
 As a result of a pilot shortage having an acute impact on the regional airline industry, SkyWest Airlines, Inc. operator of United Express service at the Salina Regional Airport filed a notice to terminate their service at 29 regional airports across the country. Salina Regional Airport was part of this original filing on March 10, 2022.

On Friday, June 24, SkyWest Airlines, Inc. filed a Withdrawal of Termination Notice for Salina, KS with the U.S. Department of Transportation. The withdrawal ends weeks of uncertainty concerning the continuation of United Express flights operated by SkyWest Airlines at the Salina Regional Airport.
Runway 17/35 Closure at KSLN

July 11, 2022 - August 29, 2022
Salina, Kan., (June 29, 2022) – Runway 17/35 at the Salina Regional Airport will be closed beginning on Monday, July 11, 2022 through Monday, August 29, 2022. The closure is necessary to complete much-needed pavement maintenance on the runway. The work will include a mill and asphalt overlay of the south 7,500 feet of Runway 35. 
Runway 17/35 will reopen on Monday, August 29th pending no weather delays.
The runway closure is critical to the Salina Airport Authority’s ability to support a wide variety of civilian and military aircraft operators. The closure was scheduled to best match up with the flight operation’s schedules of numerous airport users. Completing the Runway 17/35 pavement maintenance is critical to providing a safe runway surface at KSLN.
Runways 12/30 and 18/36 will remain open and available for use. Pilots using the Salina Regional Airport during runway closures are reminded to check SLN NOTAMS for details concerning associated closures.
For more information and the latest updates on construction please call the Salina Airport Authority offices at 785.827.3914.      
1 Vision Aviation employees work on a jet at hangar H959 at Salina Regional Airport
1 Vision snares national attention for service to aviation
An old school go-getter has won national attention for his customer service in the aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul industry.
Swift, detailed, and accurate work is a must at 1 Vision Aviation that has mushroomed to global prominence, thanks to the approach, attitude, and staff of owner and CEO Jimmy Sponder.
Terminal Building Parking Lot Expansion
T&R Construction began working on the Airport Terminal south overflow parking lot improvements during June 2022. The expansion will include an additional 150 parking spots available at SLN.
Salina Airport Authority awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Salina Airport Authority for its annual comprehensive financial report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020. 

The report has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report.
Salina Regional Airport welcomes NASA's ER-2 for stratosphere research
VFW Post 1432 Salina Commander Gary Keil helps serve a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Friday, June 17, 2022. Photo courtesy of Dylan Sherwood/Salina Journal
Nearly 1,000 U.S. Marines work on joint exercise in Salina, community provides cookout
Dylan Sherwood, Salina Journal
June 18, 2022

Since June 1, nearly 1,000 United States Marines have been stationed in Salina, working on a joint exercise.

Many in the community wanted to say thank you.

VFW Post 1432 of Salina, VFW headquarters, the Salina VFW Auxiliary and the Salina Military Affairs, helped put together a morale welfare and recreation cookout for the United States Marines, who will be in town until June 28.

Why are is the U.S. Marine Corps in Salina?

The U.S. Marine Corps is participating in a joint exercise with the Kansas National Guard named Exercise Gunslinger 22, which is designed to increase aircraft control.
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Salina, Kansas 67401
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