Facing competition, Denver Air Connection launches Watertown service this week (Audio)

Mike Tanner/KWAT

June 28, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–This is the week Watertown sees a second commercial airline coming into the city.

Denver Air Connection launches service to Denver and Chicago on Thursday.

But they’ll have competition from SkyWest Airlines, which is staying in Watertown, at least for the time being, after losing the Essential Air Service contract, and the federal subsidies that come with it.

Glen Rich is the co-founder of Denver Air Connection. He tells KWAT News they’re coming into Watertown without any stated goals in terms of ridership, partly due to the competition they’ll face…

What could steer passengers their way???

Denver Air Connection also begins serving Pierre on Thursday.