September Passenger Numbers At Pierre Regional Airport Over 1800

(KCCR) — Passenger numbers for September at Pierre Regional Airport are some of the best the airport has ever seen. Pierre City Commissioner Jamie Huizenga presented the enplanement numbers to the Pierre City Commission Tuesday night…

“There were 1,808 enplaned passengers at the Pierre Airport in September.  The highest since 1982 and over two times higher than our five-year average, so we are…things are going well.  The strong increase is likely…what factored into it is separating Pierre from Watertown where both cities competed for seats on peak days.”
Huizenga says the timing for the big numbers worked out too…

“Hunters started arriving for preserve pheasant hunting in September and now the large hunting parties can now fly together as a group and that’s always been an issue even you know, when we had the smaller planes with our previous carriers and now they can fly as a group and that’s really been a good thing.  You know, there was some concern when we separated from Watertown and I guess I saw that as a win for us.”
Huizenga says Pierre should easily pass the 10-thousand passenger mark for the year…

“9,268 passengers have enplaned through September.  Our 10,000 passengers, the enplanements should happen probably yet this week based  on the numbers and the people that are getting on and so we’re looking at our 2019 enplanements, could be, you know, around 14,000, which is very impressive considering SkyWest didn’t start service until April.”
Huizenga says SkyWest Airlines operating as United Express had no cancelled flights out of Pierre Regional Airport in September.