Avera Health To Establish Air Ambulance Facility At Pierre Regional Airport

Avera Health is planning a major aviation hub at the Pierre Regional Airport. City Commissioners in the Capital City approved a lease agreement for space at Pierre’s airport for a new hangar facility…

Jim Pietz  has a leasing company in Pierre and also operates the Fixed Base Operator at Pierre Regional. He says the hangar will be more than a parking garage for planes…

His company has been working with the medical system on establishing a base for medical flight operations in central South Dakota…

Pietz says it will also bring well-paying technical jobs to Pierre. Mayor Steve Harding says the benefits will extend beyond Pierre…

The lease is a 25-year lease with two five-year options. The cost to Avera will equal out to around 15—cents per square foot on the 13-thousand square foot facility. Airport Manager Mike Isaacs say the rate is on the top end with other comparable mid-sized airports in the state.