Denver Air Connection hoping Watertown’s low fares will attract customers (Audio)

Mike Tanner/KWAT

July 22, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Denver Air Connection is in its first month of serving Watertown and Pierre with commercial airline service.

And while we don’t know any passenger enplanement numbers yet, Denver Air Connection officials seem pleased with the early turnout.

The airline was awarded the Essential Air Service contract to serve Watertown and Pierre, and with that contract comes subsidies from the federal government.

SkyWest has remained in both cities, without the benefit of any subsidy.

KWAT News asked Denver Air Connection’s Business Development Director, Jon Coleman, how having a competing airline in these two markets changed their strategy…

Both Denver Air and SkyWest are offering jet service from Watertown to Denver International and Chicago O’Hare.