Watertown Airport Board recommends change to airport consulting services  (Audio)

April 26, 2022
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–The city of Watertown appears to be headed toward working with a new airport consulting firm.

For the past couple of years, that job has been handled by Texas-based ArkStar Group and its managing partner, Gary Foss.

But at Monday’s Airport Board meeting, the board voted unanimously to recommend the job go to Volaire Aviation Consulting of suburban Indianpolis, which would be responsible for both marketing the airport to regional customers, and working on air service development.

Airport Board member Dr. Jerry Rieber tells KWAT News there’s value in having Volaire doing both of those tasks…

The city received 11 bids from various consulting companies.

The bid from Volaire calls for them to be paid $42,000 for Air Service Development, and another $25,000 for their marketing and promotional work on behalf of the airport.

Rieber says dollar wise, it’s not much different from what the city was paying ArkStar…

The two year contract with Volaire still requires city council approval at their May 2nd meeting.

Airport Board member Mike Tomlinson says airports in both Bismarck, North Dakota and Eau Claire, Wisconsin use Volaire, and highly recommended them for Watertown.