Watertown Regional Airport sees passenger increase in July

August 11, 2020
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.—Passenger numbers at Watertown Regional Airport continued to improve in July, after tanking earlier in the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Airport Manager Todd Syhre told Airport Board members at Monday’s meeting that 633 people boarded flights to Denver and Chicago in July.

That’s up substantially from June’s 287 enplanements.

Boardings bottomed out in April, with just 45 people flying out of Watertown.

Syhre cautioned that numbers could take a dip again in August, as some states implement more COVID-19 restrictions.

Meanwhile, construction bids for a new Watertown airport terminal will be opened August 20th, and a bid could be awarded later this month.

More than a dozen contractors have expressed interest in building the new terminal.