Pierre gets federal subsidies to support air service to Denver. Come June 1, that friendly federal socialism will let our state capital add flights to Minneapolis:
On Friday, April 14, the City of Pierre was informed by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (USDOT) that Denver Air Connection (DAC) has been approved to provide two-hub service between Pierre and Denver and Pierre and Minneapolis.
“We’re very excited about the USDOT’s decision,” said Pierre Mayor Steve Harding. “For the 15 years that I’ve been on the City Commission, the public has been asking for air service to Minneapolis. We’re happy we can now deliver the option.”
DAC flights operate under an Essential Air Service (EAS) contract held between the USDOT and DAC. Although the new two-year contract begins June 1 this year, Mayor Harding says that he doesn’t anticipate any flight schedule change in the next two months.
…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 selecting the winning proposal.
In 2022, the Pierre Regional Airport had more than 16,000 commercial enplanements [City of Pierre, press release, 2023.04.14].
It’s funny that the good people of Pierre, where registered Republicans outnumber registered Democrats by more than 3 to 1, should be so eager to fly to not just one but two big liberal cities, and so eager to use socialist handouts to get there.