2017 travel numbers up at Rapid City Regional Airport

Traffic is soaring at the Rapid City Regional Airport this year, as more people take flight to and from the City of Presidents.

The Department of Tourism reports the airport is up 10% in arriving passengers so far this year. Many of which are touching down in our town this summer.
Rapid City Regional Airport executives say numbers are up nearly 7% for passengers hopping on a flight this summer alone. More people continue to choose to make Rapid City a flight destination, not just a road trip stop.

Rapid City Regional Airport Executive Director, Patrick Dame said, "We've spent the last two years really looking at a marketing plan and trying to find those places where there are active outdoors people who have a tendency to visit the Black Hills and the monuments and the national parks. We've really been marketing to those folks."

In comparison, this year Sioux Falls Regional Airport traffic statistics show they are only up by .1%.
Dame says he believes the recent addition of a flight to Charlotte, North Carolina and adding more seats to the market are helping to make a big difference.