Denver Air Connection posts best numbers in Watertown to date

April 4, 2022
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Denver Air Connection (DAC) has reported its strongest month of passenger boardings in Watertown since it began serving the city last July 1st.

Interim Airport Manager Rich Maag says there were 1,438 boardings in March.

DAC’s previous high water mark was 1,082 boardings in December.

Maag says based on advance bookings, April numbers look like they’ll be similar to March.

Through the first three months of the year, there have been 3,319 passengers who’ve boarded DAC flights at Watertown Regional Airport.

Denver Air Connection flies non-stop from Watertown to Chicago O’Hare and Denver International Airport on 50-seat regional jets. They fly out of 12 markets currently, and will add a 13th market (McCook, Nebraska) this summer (map pictured). 

They’re Watertown’s Essential Air Service provider, and the lone commercial airline serving the city after SkyWest Airlines, flying under the United Express banner, ceased operations in Watertown on January 3rd. 

Passenger boardings by month:

January: Denver Air Connection (968)    SkyWest  (91)

February: Denver Air Connection  (913)

March: Denver Air Connection   (1,438)