Rapid City airport adds two non-stop destinations

Seasonal flights benefit tourism, local businesses

RAPID CITY, S.D. — To mark Memorial Day Weekend and the traditional start of the Black Hills tourism season, Rapid City Regional Airport welcomed two new non-stop Delta Airlines flights for the summer.

New Rap Flight

First non-stop Delta Airlines Flight from Detroit lands at Rapid City Regional Airport and is welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute.

The first non-stop from Detroit landed shortly after 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, 2021. Then shortly before noon the same day, the first direct flight from Atlanta landed.

Airport Executive Director Patrick Dame says that while the seasonal flights are good for the local tourism economy, they also benefit Black Hills-area travelers and businesses.

“As we look at Rapid City being a great tourism market, these are both routes that are going to bring in tourists to the Hills, but then also provide those of us here in Rapid City and our businesses better connectability as they move through the Delta system.”

Dame added that these flights are only the beginning of the added seasonal flights.

“As we move into August, we’re going to see eight new starts for rally — cities also we’ve never had before — so again, it’s an exciting summer. We’ve got a lot of new starts coming in.”

But he said the seasonal flights are only part of the airport’s efforts. Dame says they listen to the needs of travelers in the area, and work to add outbound flights that areRc Regional Airport Holiday Travel 1 helpful.

“We’re always looking at the Florida markets coming in. We do have a lot of demand locally for the winter Florida markets. We will have some summer Florida markets coming in. And then getting off to the Northwest. Right now, we have a large gap in our system to the Northwest.”

Dame says they continue to work with airlines to add service to that part of the country.

The Detroit flight operates on Saturdays only. The direct flights to Atlanta will be daily, Wednesdays through Sundays.

Both routes will operate until Labor Day.

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