User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


30° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Business

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Record Numbers At Sioux Falls Airport

June 12, 2012, 9:50 PM by Angela Kennecke

Record Numbers At Sioux Falls Airport
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Many people who live in Sioux Falls have flown out of Minneapolis or Omaha at some point to get a better deal.  But it looks like that trend may be turning around. 

Passengers flying out the Sioux Falls airport jumped by 18 percent in May after an entire year of record-setting increases.  It's known as the Frontier effect.  The discount carrier, which arrived in Sioux Falls last July 4, has helped boost passenger numbers to the airport because it's driven down the price of flights heading west. 

Dillon Karras flies to Denver and wouldn't consider driving to another city for a flight.

"I like the Sioux Falls airport; it's a nice size.  I've been to DIA before; it's 300-plus gates and it's a hassle.  Here you get in, get out, go through security in about five minutes and you're at your gate. It's nice and easy," Karras said.

While western fares have fallen, it's still more expensive to head east from Sioux Falls.

"What we're lacking is that eastbound, low-cost connection and all it takes is one new market going East with a lower fair and that could have a dramatic impact," Sioux Falls Airport Deputy Director Richard King said.

While the Sioux Falls airport is constantly trying to attract more low-cost carriers, the airport may have better luck working with the ones already here.

"The probabilities of getting a new route by our current discount carriers, Allegiant and Frontier, are significantly greater than getting a new discount carrier," King said.

The airport does expect passenger numbers to slow down as we head into July and construction begins on the airport runways.  Work also continues on adding parking spaces.

"These are improvements we're taking now in anticipation of continued growth," King said.

Another number that's up at the Sioux Falls airport is the amount of cargo going in and out, by some 30 percent in May.  Cargo numbers are an important indication of a robust economy.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View business

You may also like

National Attention For Sioux Falls Bakery

12/15/2014 9:56 AM

A Sioux Falls bakery is getting more national recognition.  CH Patisserie has been named one of the top 75 bakeries in the nation by The Daily Me...

Full Story
Cliff Hangers Gallery Closes; Customers Want Items Back

12/15/2014 10:10 PM

For more than two decades, Cliff Hangers Gallery has been a fixture in Sioux Falls.  A couple of years ago, the business moved from Park Ridge Ga...

Full Story | Watch
What Will Cost More/Less In 2015

12/16/2014 1:36 PM

Industry experts say gasoline prices will continue to fall in 2015, but other prices are expected to rise.

Full Story
Denny Sanford To Donate $25 Million For Scholarship Program

12/16/2014 4:30 PM

Philanthropist T. Denny Sanford is donating $25 million to South Dakota for a scholarship program for the state's technical schools.&nbs...

Full Story
Denny Sanford's Multi-Million Solution To Worker Shortage

12/16/2014 10:04 PM

Sanford's money provides half of the funds for a $50 million scholarship program at the state's technical schools to train workers to fill job...

Full Story | Watch


Events