Pierre City Commission Approves Terminal Lease With SkyWest Airlines

(KCCR) — The City of Pierre dotted the final I and crossed the final T in bringing commercial air service back to Pierre. While planes have been taking off and landing for a week, the Pierre City Commission approved a lease agreement this week with SkyWest Airlines. Airport Manager Mike Issacs says the terminal lease covers area both inside and out at Pierre Regional Airport…

“It’s the area inside the building and in and around it.  They’ll have equipment staged around side the building as well.  There’s 976 square feet of exclusive use space.  That’s inside…that’s their office space, their ticket counter, places where they put there inside stuff.   Then there’s 4690 square feet of joint-use space and that’s inside and outside.  That’s like our break room and  then where they park their de-ice truck and their bag carts and that kind of thing outside.”
Issacs says several factors play into the terminal lease…

“They have the joint-use space, that is nine dollars a square foot.  Their exclusive-use space is 18 dollars a square foot.  They have a landing fee, these are all typical things that airports charge for airline services.  It’s 20 dollars per landing.  A new one as of about a year ago when we got our new boarding bridge is the passenger boarding bridge fee.  That has a ground power unit attached to it and provides access; direct access outside of the elements to the plane.  That’s 50 dollars per use or 100 dollars per day.  And then there’s the PFC charge which is a federal program that the city participates in.  We get 4 dollars and 39 cents per passenger.”
A public hearing was included in the approval process however no one spoke for or against the terminal lease agreement. The agreement is for 10 years and extends from April 1st of 2019 to March 31st of 2028.