Rapid City Regional Airport sees record-breaking year

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The Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP) announced a record breaking year for 2017.

Total passengers were 595,936, which is a 1 percent increase over the previous record year in 2010 of 591,600 passengers. Passenger enplanements - total number of passengers boarding the aircraft at RAP - also increased by 1 percent, going from 292,940 enplanements in 2010, to 295,215 in 2017.

Employees say the addition of a new route to Charlotte, N.C. and winter service to Chicago, helped contribute to the historic year. As did the International Computer Programmers Competition (ICPC) that was hosted in Rapid City last May.

Executive Director Patrick Dame says the success is all because of the airport's hard-working staff.

“Air service to the Black Hills region is extremely important to our economy, tourism and economic development. We would like to thank all of our customers for helping to make this milestone happen, along with the hard-working staff of the Rapid City Regional Airport," Dame said.

The airport currently has flights to Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Phoenix-Mesa, Salt Lake City, and seasonal service to Atlanta, Charlotte, and Houston. They recently added service to Newark, N.J. which will begin in June.

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