Watertown is expected to make a decision soon and the Pierre City Commission received updates Tuesday night regarding the progress with the Essential Air Service Program to keep commercial air service connected to the Capital City. Airport Manager Mike Isaacs says March 15th is a key day to the timeline of application.
Isaacs says the United States Department of Transportation will then have 30 days consider the proposals. From that point, competing airlines will have a 30 day window to contest the U-S D-O-T’s choice.
The Pierre Regional Airport’s recent performance could bode well for the incoming bids.
Commissioner Jim Mehlhaff commented how many people he’s spoken to desire a Minneapolis route from Pierre. The future of a Minneapolis option will depend on any incoming bids featuring a Minneapolis leg. Both Pierre and Watertown are currently served by ADI Great Lakes Jet Express.