May 11, 2020
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.—April was a horrible month for passenger traffic at Watertown Regional Airport, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has dealt a crushing blow to airports and airlines big and small all over the country.

Airport Manager Todd Syhre told the Airport Board Monday that passenger enplanements for the entire month of April numbered only 45. 

Before the pandemic arrived, Watertown might have seen that many in a single day.

He says passenger traffic looks like it will inch higher in the weeks ahead…

Syhre was asked if people flying out of Watertown on United Express are required to wear face masks…

Watertown’s commercial air service is currently limited to one flight a day to Denver. Chicago service has been temporarily suspended.

Also Monday, the Airport Board voted unanimously in support of United’s request to defer three months of rent and landing fees due to the city of Watertown until the end of the year, when the amount forgiven would be paid in full.  Syhre says the amount would be around $15,000. 

Final approval on that request lies with the city council.