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Hot Springs County Airport (HSG) – Hot Springs County, WY

New Airport Will Increase Access to Northwest Wyoming

Oct. 16, 2015

Aviation access, and its contribution to the community and economy of northwest Wyoming, will begin a new chapter on Nov. 7, when Gov. Matt Mead is slated to cut the ribbon at the new Hot Springs County Airport (HSG), located approximately 10 miles northwest of Thermopolis, WY. The new airport will replace the Hot Springs-Thermopolis Municipal Airport (THP).

Hot Springs County Airport (HSG) - Hot Springs County, WI

“The replacement of the airport is a significant improvement to aviation safety in this part of Wyoming,” said Dennis Byrne, administrator of the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division. “The replacement airport site is well equipped to support air transportation and economic development and will continue to provide critical access to the community for medical specialists, tourists and various businesses for many years to come.”

Terrain surrounding the old airport’s 4,592-foot runway precluded night operations and presented summertime challenges. Officials began planning the new $22 million airport in the 1980s and broke ground in 2012.

In planning for the new airport, the county bought 482 acres of property, which will enable extension of the 6,370-by-75-foot Runway 5/23 to 7,700 feet without additional land acquisitions. The airport is scheduled to have LPV instrument approaches, which are to be commissioned in 2016. Until then, visual operations will be used. There will be roughly a dozen aircraft based at the new airport initially.

The runway and its full parallel taxiway will be lighted, and an automated weather observing system will provide weather information. A 4,200-square-foot terminal with public areas, restrooms, a pilots’ lounge, garages for airport equipment, as well as an 80-by-80-foot hangar now stands next to the 200,000-square-foot ramp.

The county has signed leases for eight more hangars and is finalizing the FBO contract for fuel, maintenance and airport upkeep. Until the 10,000-gallon self-serve Jet A and avgas tanks are installed in early 2016, the county will truck avgas in from the old airport.

“NBAA is pleased that Hot Springs County and Wyoming state officials appreciate and support airports as essential assets that serve and support the community and contribute to the area’s economic vitality,” said Kristi Ivey, NBAA’s Northwest regional representative.