Watertown City Council gives approval to keep ADI Great Lakes Jet Express

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KXLG) – The Watertown City Council gave unanimous approval to a recommendation by the Watertown Airport Board Friday to keep ADI Great Lakes Jet Express as Watertown’s air passenger carrier.

The latest option will include service to Minneapolis, Watertown, Pierre, and Denver. Todd Syrhe (SIRE) is the Watertown Airport Manager.

Syhre says it’s unknown yet what the impact will be having two flights to the cities and one to Denver.

Mayor Sarah Caron is hopeful that adding the Minneapolis flights will be a positive thing for both Pierre and Watertown.

When the new reservation system is in place ADI will no longer have to depend on Great Lakes Airlines. The ground handling will also be taken care of internally with ADI crews in both Pierre and Denver.

The U.S. Department of Transportation will have the final say. If they reject ADI’s newest proposal then both Pierre and Watertown EAS bids will have to be resubmitted. In the meantime ADI is continuing to pursue their interline agreements with the major carriers to make for an easier pass-through for passengers. The process is expected to take a long time.