RAP sees increase in passenger numbers for 2021

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Regional Airport continues to see passenger numbers rebounding from the first year of the pandemic.

Rapid City AirportAirline flights in 2021 increased 48.5% from the previous year, seeing near record passenger numbers.

RAP had more than 690,000 passengers last year, and 2020 was nearly half.

The airport’s Deputy Director for Finance and Administration, Toni Broom, says the 2021 numbers may have come closer to breaking 2019’s record of 705,000 if not for flight cancellations at the end of the year.

“It’s difficult to say but it makes sense when you look at the flight schedule, how many were canceled and whether they were rescheduled or able to rebook those folks on another flight. That’s going to have a major impact,” Broom said.

Broom says from the state’s Department of Tourism, the airport market, and the addition of new seasonal routes contributed to last year’s success.

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