- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) - Some travelers out of Riverton Regional Airport might see higher fares after Great Lakes Airlines’ code-share status with Frontier Airlines ends Oct. 1.

The Riverton Ranger reports (https://bit.ly/1oN3nrD) that the end of the code-sharing pact was confirmed by airport board member Cindy Olson. Great Lakes is the only airline serving Riverton.

Passengers connecting with Frontier flights in Denver might have to pay higher fares.

Under the Frontier agreement, passengers pay a single fare from Riverton to destinations beyond Denver. After Oct. 1, passengers will effectively pay for each flight segment. That could raise some ticket prices, but not all.

“Most of the time it’s a better deal to get that through-fare rather than buying Riverton to Denver and Denver to Los Angeles,” Olson said. “(But) sometimes the rates are low enough that if you add on the Riverton-to-Denver and the to-points-beyond rate, that’s still a good deal.”

Those checking baggage on Great Lakes-Frontier flights might have to handle their own baggage to the next flight in Denver, said Riverton airport manager Paul Griffin. Under the code-share agreement, Frontier and Great Lakes cooperated in handling checked bags.

“With code share you check your bags here in Riverton they go all the way through to your destination,” Griffin said.

The Ranger reported that United Airlines is continuing its code-share pact with Great Lakes.

Delayed and canceled flights have been a problem for Great Lakes since late last year. Great Lakes officials have said the reason is new federal rules requiring more flying hours for pilots.

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Information from: The (Riverton, Wyo.) Ranger, https://www.dailyranger.com

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