Report: Pandemic Money For S.D. Airports Mostly Unspent

(Pierre, SD) — A governor’s office report shows the state’s five major airports have spent only a small portion of the more than four-million-dollars allotted for COVID-19 relief. Funds were made available in 2021 for the airports in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Pierre and Watertown. According to the report from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, neither the Sioux Falls nor the Rapid City airport has used any of the one-point-nine-million-dollars available to each of the two airports. Rapid City had intended to use its funds for a new route, but the plan fell through. The manager of the Sioux Falls airport blamed “a drastic shortage” of pilots on not being able to use the funds, adding that “It’s not for lack of interest or lack of trying.”

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