UPDATE: U.S. DOT chooses Denver Air Connection to serve Watertown Regional Airport; Caron “disappointed” with decision

April 14, 2021
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–A new airline will be serving Watertown this summer.

Airport Manager Todd Syhre issued a press release this morning stating that, “beginning June 1st, Denver Air Connection (DAC) will begin service at the Watertown Regional Airport after being awarded a two year Essential Air Service contract through May 31, 2023.”

Syhre went on to say Watertown, “will continue to have 12 round trips per week–six to Chicago O’Hare and six to Denver International Airport.”

Denver Air Connection has not released specific flight schedules.

The service will be provided on twin-engine 50-seat regional jets. The Embraer 145 regional jet has a top cruise speed of 600 miles per hour and a range of over 1,300 miles.

Watertown has been served by SkyWest Airlines, doing business as United Express, since April 3, 2019.

In a statement released today, Mayor Sarah Caron said, “Mayor Caron stated, “while we are disappointed because SkyWest has provided excellent service, we understand the selection and will work with DAC to continue to grow airline service to our region.”

Airport Manager, Todd Syhre echoed Mayor Caron’s sentiments saying, “DAC will provide the City of Watertown with the dependable essential air service the citizens of Watertown and surrounding communities need and deserve.”