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People exit the terminal at Cheyenne Regional Airport on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Austin Humphreys/For the Wyoming Tribune Eagle

CHEYENNE – A year after opening a new terminal, the Cheyenne Regional Airport will become home to a gift shop, which marks the first tenant to open up a business in the new airport terminal.

Airport Director Tim Barth said the opening is an exciting development.

“It’s gonna be a huge benefit for the travelers,” Barth said. “We’re pretty excited to have this open.”

The shop will stock travel essentials like neck pillows, aspirin, magazines and snacks. The shop will be an extension of the gift shop in the downtown Cheyenne Depot Museum, and Wyoming merchandise for men, women and babies will also be available for those passing through.

“We were able to get the folks that run the gift shop from the Depot Museum downtown to open up here at the airport, and they’ve already stacked inventory in there,” Barth said.

The shop is expected to fully open sometime next week.

“We’re finally getting the terminal up and running after a year,” Barth said.

The new terminal cost $18.5 million, which was funded by sixth-penny sales tax revenue, and took around 18 months to complete. At the start of November 2018, the airport began offering daily flights to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with SkyWest Airlines, which runs flights under the American Airlines banner.

Since then, the growth has been substantial.

In 2017, about 1,700 people used Cheyenne Regional Airport when traveling. Over the past year, that number jumped to 31,000. The airport board agreed to another one-year contract with SkyWest last month to continue flights to Dallas/Fort Worth.

Wendy Volk, president of the Cheyenne Regional Air Focus Team, said the airport has come a long way.

“I think (the gift shop) is going to be a welcome addition,” Volk said.

Barth said the airport will continue to draw in other amenities for those traveling through Cheyenne.

“We’re starting to get some tenant interest,” Barth said. “We’re hoping to get a restaurant next year.”

Barth also said the new shop can help turn travelers on to events and happenings around town.

“We can greet passengers that are coming in here, tell them what’s going on, and they can see more of Cheyenne that way,” Barth said.

Margaret Austin is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s local government reporter. She can be reached at maustin@wyomingnews.com or 307-633-3152. Follow her on Twitter @MargaretMAustin.

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