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SF Officials Meeting With Frontier Airlines

March 1, 2011, 9:39 PM by Ben Dunsmoor

SF Officials Meeting With Frontier Airlines
SIOUX FALLS, SD - One of Mayor Mike Huether's top priorities when he was sworn into office last year was to lower airfares out of Sioux Falls.

He may now be close to doing just that.

KELOLAND News has learned that Huether and airport officials will meet with executives from low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines Wednesday morning. 

The Sioux Falls Airport Authority has offered Frontier a $250,000 incentive package that waives some of the fees airlines have to pay to fly in and out of Sioux Falls.

Mayor Huether hopes by bringing in Frontier, it will bring more competition and help him accomplish one of his goals for the city.

Just days after he was sworn into office last May Huether said making airfares more affordable was going to be on the top of his to-do list.

"This is one of the key quality of life investments that Sioux Falls can make," Huether said on May 20, 2010.

Huether even asked one of his newly-appointed directors, Darrin Smith, to work on lowering ticket prices.

Now, Huether, Smith and the executive director of the Sioux Falls Airport Authority will meet with Frontier Airlines Wednesday in an effort to bring them to town.

Frontier has said it's getting ready to make decisions about its airline service for this summer and that's why they want to meet with local officials.

Sioux Falls has been courting Frontier for awhile. Back in 2007, the city offered the airline an incentive package to fly out of the Sioux Falls Airport, but Frontier decided to go with Rapid City and Sioux City instead.

But, over the weekend the mayor said he hopes this time around the low-cost carrier will make a different decision and fly into Sioux Falls and start bringing down fares.

"When Frontier comes in here, or if they come in here, that the city of Sioux Falls and the consumers around this area they will prove we are a viable market," Mayor Huether said on Saturday. "They will prove there's unbelievable demand here."

Darrin Smith and the Sioux Fals Airport Authority executive director flew to Frontier's headquarters in October to make the case for bringing the airline to city. But, Wednesday's meeting in Sioux Falls will be the first time Huether will meet with Frontier.

The airline has hubs in Denver and Milwaukee.

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