Regional Airport sees record numbers

They're calling 2017 a record-breaking year at Rapid City Regional Airport.

And the numbers back up that claim.
The airport says they handled a total of 595, 936 passengers last year.
That's one percent more than the previous record set back in 2010.
They're crediting the new route to Charlotte, winter service to Chicago and the International College Computer Programmers convention in Rapid City as big factors in the increase.

Airport executive director Patrick Dame says, "We had a record year for the year 2017 here at RAP. We were up 8 percent overall for the year, which also puts us in a position where we were able to break the 2010 record for the airport. So we think this is a very historic year with huge numbers for us."

Time will tell if the addition of new service to Newark, New Jersey starting in June will help hike those figures even higher for 2018.