Pierre City Commission to recommend Ohio-based Aerodynamics Inc. to provide air service

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PIERRE, South Dakota — A regional airline based in Ohio is the choice of city leaders in Pierre to provide air service to South Dakota's capital city.

The Pierre City Commission on Tuesday voted to recommend Aerodynamics Inc. of Beachwood, Ohio, to provide flights through the Essential Air Service federal subsidy program.

The federal Transportation Department will make the final decision. Mayor Laurie Gill expects it by the end of the year.

Airport Manager Mike Isaacs says Aerodynamics Inc. would offer 12 flights per week to and from Denver, with a stop in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

Aerodynamics Inc., Boutique Air of San Francisco and Great Lakes Aviation of Cheyenne, Wyoming, submitted proposals to serve Pierre. Great Lakes currently provides flights from Pierre to Minneapolis and Denver, but canceled and delayed flights have been a problem.

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