RAPID CITY –– Rapid City Regional Airport reported passenger statistics placing 2017 as the second highest year for enplanements to date. Year to date through August 2017, the airport welcomed 194,988 passengers, a 7.7 percent increase over 2016. The highest year on record for this same time period was experienced in 2010 with 201,647 enplanements. If this trend continues, it is very possible that 2017 will surpass the record year of 2010.
“In the past two years, we have met individually with each of the four airlines serving Rapid City at their headquarters,” stated Airport Executive Director Patrick Dame. “We want to have a strong presence with the carriers so they think of our airport when they have airplane assets available.” Dame further stated, “We have also increased our marketing efforts by more than two times in areas that have a strong tendency to visit national parks and the outdoors. We feel all these efforts are paying off.”
Serving the Black Hills of South Dakota, Rapid City Regional Airport welcomed over 561,102 passengers in 2016.