United Express To Begin Essential Air Service To Pierre And Watertown April 3rd

(KCCR) — The skies over Pierre and Watertown will get busier starting in early April. Pierre Mayor Steve Harding says SkyWest has announced when Essential Air Service will begin from the South Dakota cities to Denver…

“April 3rd they will start…they will be in operation, so ah, currently you can go out now to United dot com and start making your plane reservations from April 3rd on. So that’s really, really exciting news, that’s very quick for a turn-around time, you know, as we’ve talked before this is a down time but at least people can plan. They know they have to go to Sioux Falls or Rapid City to get to a major hub, but stating April 3rd, the planes will be here and operational.”

Harding says he expects better service from SkyWest, flying as United Express than previous E-A-S carries…

“We’re gonna have an interline agreement and a codeshare so that your Sky Miles, you can utilize those through United dot com. Baggage can be checked clear through. You can buy one ticket from Pierre to your destination. So there’s just a lot, a lot of good things here. So, April 3rd, like I said, today you can go to United dot com or contact your local travel agent and starting making your reservations.”

Part of the move-in process for SkyWest is to move-out infrastructure and property left behind by California Pacific Airlines, who still owes the City of Pierre 38-thousand dollars…

“They are trying to work through their financial difficulties and still continue as California Pacific with their California routes so we’re still waiting to see if we get paid or not and then when that finally determines that we won’t be able to, then we’ll have to look at what the next course of action will be, which would have to be some sort of legal action, if we don’t get paid, but there is still a possibility that we could.”

Harding says he intends to sign a letter this week address to California Pacific indicating that they still have equipment at the Pierre Regional Airport to begin the legal process to remove C-P Air’s property.