CP Air Ends Service to Pierre and Watertown
Watertown Mayor Sarah Caron and Pierre Mayor Steve Harding cooperatively release the following statement.
Confirmation has been received that Aerodynamics, Incorporated, doing business as California Pacific Airlines (CP Air) has temporarily ceased to operate and placed all employees on furlough effective Jan. 18, 2019, for approximately three weeks according to a memorandum signed by owner Theodore L. Vallas, CEO and President and forwarded by Thomas Wright, Maintenance Control Manager for CP Air. In another memorandum, also shared by Thomas Wright, but written by Fernando Pineda, Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer of CP Air to all CP Air Employees, Essential Airline Service (EAS) to Watertown and Pierre, SD “is over” and “Any future focus may be charter and California.” Thus, both communities of Watertown and Pierre currently have no scheduled air service and there is no information indicating that it will resume.
People who are directly impacted by the airline shutdown should contact CP Air directly at 1.855.505.9394 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Impacted travelers can also visit transportation.gov/airconsumer for additional resources.
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) leads the EAS contracting process and has called for proposals from airlines interested in serving the Pierre and Watertown markets. The USDOT gives EAS communities, like Pierre and Watertown, the opportunity to review the proposals and make a recommendation but ultimately chooses the winning proposal.