As SkyWest exits, Denver Air takes over sole control of Watertown’s commercial air service  (Audio)

January 4, 2022
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–The history of commercial airline service in Watertown shows things never remain the same for very long. In recent years, the city has been served by Great Lakes Airlines,  Aerodynamics Incorporated, and California Pacific Airlines.

More change has happened in the first few days of 2022.

Beginning today (Tuesday), Denver Air Connection (DAC) becomes the sole provider of jet service in and out of Watertown Regional Airport.

SkyWest Airlines, doing business as United Express, made its last flights out of Watertown Monday.

Jon Coleman is a pilot and Director of Business Development for DAC. KWAT News asked him if they’ll make changes now that they’re the only game in town…..

It’s been a long road for DAC to get to this point. They won the Essential Air Service contract to serve Watertown almost a year ago, but SkyWest decided to stay in the market….

DAC has enjoyed strong passenger boardings in Watertown even with competition from SkyWest….

The last two years have been rocky for the airline industry as a whole, driven by pandemic-related travel restrictions…

DAC has been averaging about 800 passenger boardings a month in their first five months in Watertown.