“New” flight services to Rapid City Regional Airport a welcome return thanks to federal grant
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Thanks to federal funding, Rapid City will be able to offer flight services on the West Coast once more.
The U.S Department of Transportation’s Small Community Air Service Development Program gifted the airport a grant worth $1,000,000. With it, the airport will be able to re-establish and continue to offer service to the San Francisco Bay Area, especially for bringing in visitors during the peak summer season.
The flight services were offered once before, but were removed sometime during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This particular grant is based around the Bay Area, and the routes that we had coming in out of the Bay Area, being able to get those restored for summer seasonal routes,” Rapid City Regional Airport Executive Director Patrick Dame said. “Then as we look to the remaining, funds, those will be for any kind of development that we are able to do forward into the future.”
Dame credits a great tourism market for the ability to reach as far west as they will be able to in anticipation of the arrival of large groups of visitors to the Black Hills.
However, the airport is no stranger to the federal grant, this award marking their fourth time receiving the funding.