Oklahoma City – SkyWest Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) celebrates the opening of their new 135,000-square foot maintenance hangar at WRWA with a ribbon cutting to be held Thursday, Sept. 20. Mike Thompson – SkyWest Airlines Chief Operating Officer will join Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, OKC Airports Director Mark Kranenburg and Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Chairman Rhonda Hooper for remarks at the event.
The new maintenance facility accommodates up to nine regional aircraft and supports overnight maintenance for SkyWest’s four major airline partners. Construction began in July 2017 and the hangar was completed last month.
“SkyWest selected Oklahoma City because of its location, competitive costs and connectivity throughout our operation,” said Mike Thompson, SkyWest Airlines Chief Operating Officer. “We’re pleased to add another new, state-of-the-art facility to our operation and look forward to watching our Oklahoma City team continue to grow.”
SkyWest operates in Oklahoma City as a regional carrier for four major airlines – Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. The company expects to employ up to 100 professionals at the new facility, with potential for more.
“These are great jobs in a great industry,” said Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt. “We’re excited to have such a great partner in SkyWest.”
“We congratulate SkyWest on this business expansion and welcome their operation to our community. This is a significant investment and a vote of confidence in our city and our workforce. We look forward to a long and lasting partnership,” said Rhonda Hooper, Chairman, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.
“With today’s grand opening, SkyWest becomes one of the key tenants at Lariat Landing,” said Mark Kranenburg, Airports Director. “The landside and airside improvements made over the last several years make our airport and city a desirable location for companies like SkyWest. We look forward to continued growth in aviation and aerospace here in Lariat Landing.”
About SkyWest Airlines
With over 13,000 aviation professionals operating more than 2,100 daily flights, SkyWest Airlines connects millions of passengers each month to 241 destinations across North America. SkyWest operates in partnership with Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines and has a fleet of 445 aircraft. Headquartered in St. George, Utah, SkyWest’s industry-leading workforce and excellent leadership team have consistently generated solid operational and economic performance, setting the standard for excellence regional industry.
Will Rogers World Airport is the city’s commercial airport and accommodates over 3.9 million travelers each year. The airport serves 29 nonstop destinations with an average of 74 daily departures. Will Rogers World Airport is owned by the City of Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Airport Trust oversees the management and operation of the airport.