New Allegiant flights to Rapid City Regional offer more than one stop to Rally

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Not all Rally-goers ride in to the Black Hills on their bikes, some arrive on the wings of man.

The first flight from Peoria, Illinois was welcomed at Rapid City Regional by water cannon Wednesday afternoon. This is one of eight routes Allegiant Airlines is flying from across the country from Aug. 4 through 15.

This is the first year an airline has offered specific routes during the Sturgis Rally but it’s not just the Rally people are flying in for.

“Family is everything so it’s really great to have another opportunity to come be with them because every second counts,” said Lisha Maroczkowski. “We didn’t have to spend the whole day in the car and waste that opportunity to be with our family too so that was nice.”

Maroczkowski adds that it was cost efficient to be able to choose a flight with a single stop to Rapid City. 

Allegiant is flying from Appleton, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Nashville and Peoria Wednesdays and Saturdays during the Rally and from Pittsburgh and Sanford-Orlando Thursdays and Sundays through Aug. 15.

The Executive Director for Rapid City Regional Airport, Patrick Dame, says these Rally flights are something he hopes the airport can keep going in the coming years. He says each plane can carry roughly 150 passengers and is bringing the most traffic into the airport during a short, 10-period.

“This is the most flights were going to put through this facility in this 10 day period ever so with that making sure you get through TSA making sure you don’t miss your flight, we think its extremely important that people get here well in advance of their flight.”

Dame says 2019 was a record year for the airport with over 705,000 passengers. So far in 2021, there have been over 263,000 passengers but Dame says the airport is on the way to break 2019’s records.

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