ADI Receives Air Service Contract
Pierre, S.D. –Aerodynamics, Inc. (ADI), will continue to provide Pierre Regional Airport’s scheduled commercial air service.
The U.S. Dept. of Transportation (USDOT) announced today that it has renewed ADI’s contract to provide Essential Air Service to Pierre. The contract runs through July 2020.
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding says that for two reasons this is really good news for Pierre.
“Because the USDOT is continuing its contract with ADI, Central South Dakota will see no disruption of service,” said Mayor Harding.
“Additionally, the Pierre City Commission recommended ADI receive the USDOT contract. Of the companies that vied for the federal contract, ADI was clearly the best option for Pierre,” said Harding, “I’m very grateful for our USDOT partners. They helped guide us through the process to ultimately achieve a positive solution for our community.”
As Mayor Harding alluded to, Pierre Airport Manager Mike Isaacs says that travelers should see no change in service in coming months. The USDOT’s contract has ADI providing the same service it has been providing for the last two years.
That service includes twelve roundtrips to Denver each week, as well as service to Watertown. Ticket prices will remain the same with round trip ticket prices to Denver averaging about $200 and flights between Pierre and Watertown at $49 each way.
The number of people using Pierre’s scheduled commercial air service has nearly doubled since 2016. In August of 2016, ADI took over the federal contract to provide air service to Pierre.
USDOT EAS contracts subsidize air carriers to ensure rural communities, like Pierre, have access to commercial air service. The USDOT leads the contracting process by calling for proposals from airlines interested in the contracts and ultimately choosing the winning proposal.