A Wyoming county judge has dismissed a preliminary injunction that sought to block Jackson Hole Airport from purchasing Jackson Hole Aviation, the lone FBO on the field. The motion was part of a suit filed by Wyoming Jet Center, which had requested to establish a competing FBO at the ski-country gateway.
Earlier this month, the airport announced it would purchase the FBO under a “proprietary exclusive” clause in the FAA regulations, thus avoiding having to issue an RFP for a second service provider. The airport board of executives announced the intended purchase on November 1, and the lawsuit claimed that the decision to buy the FBO was made before the board voted. The lawsuit, which is requesting the sale be stopped until the airport board releases internal documents related to the transaction, also questioned how the $26 million purchase price was determined, stating, “The interests of the petitioner and the public will be irreparably harmed if the airport board is allowed to purchase the FBO without full disclosure of the facts and circumstances that led to the proposed purchase.”
To purchase the FBO, an amendment to the airport’s budget must be approved by the Teton County commissioners and the Jackson Town councilors, who will discuss the matter in a meeting on November 20.
With the purchase not scheduled to close until May 2018, Wyoming Jet Center founder Greg Herrick vowed he would continue his opposition. Another court date is scheduled for November 20.