Noem says Congress will fight elimination of Essential Air Service program (Audio)



Mike Tanner—KWAT Radio News


WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT)—City officials in Aberdeen, Pierre and Watertown will be watching closely to see if air service remains viable in their communities under the Essential Air Service Program—or E-A-S.


It subsidizes the cost of providing air service to 171 rural communities in the continental U.S.


President Trump is proposing in his budget that E-A-S be eliminated.


Watertown Mayor Steve Thorson asked Congresswoman Kristi Noem about the future of the program at a Town Hall meeting Saturday….



Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says the E-A-S program is, “vital for rural America.”


Pierre and Watertown are served by Aerodynamics Incorporated, which provides daily flights to Denver.

  • Micky

    Come on trump lovers we all have to give up something for the good of America, god bless her. This service costs about 11,000 dollars per trip in federal subsidy. That,s 11,000 dollars the pentagon could be using to bomb the piss out of somebody. Like the refugee women and children senator Tapio is so afraid of. Geez, get your priorities straight.