Maintenance issues lead to flight cancelations in Pierre, Watertown

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KXLG) — Passengers flying out of Watertown and Pierre to Denver and back recently have been expressing frustration over canceled flights. Watertown Mayor Sarah Caron says the California Pacific Airlines flight cancellations are concerning and can be blamed mostly on bad timing. Three of the airline’s four passenger jets, including those that service the Watertown, Pierre and Denver markets, have been out of service for maintenance and repair. Caron says it has forced the airlines to cancel numerous flights.

An air leak on the third plane is being checked out in Denver. She says safety is important and that anytime maintenance issues occur an aircraft has to be grounded until problems are corrected.

Mayor Caron said She understands the frustration passengers are feeling, but expects the airline to return to reliable service very soon. California Pacific Airlines has a contract with the Federal Government to provide essential air service to the communities of Watertown and Pierre.