“I’m extremely proud of our staff. Even with all of the construction and improvements to the terminal in the last year, they never lost focus of the single most important element of airport operations -- safety,” Humphres said. "Because of their efforts, our passengers, partner airlines and air crews, aircraft owners and pilots, and business partners, can be assured that their safety is of utmost importance to us."
Each year the FAA completes an extensive inspection of all airports. The inspector looks at every aspect of commercial airport services, including facilities maintenance, runway lighting, snow removal procedures, wildlife hazard removal and staff training.
The FAA inspector had high praise for Rapid City Regional Airport’s airfield, which includes runways, taxiways, lighting and signs. "In fact, she took a photo of the runway at night stating they are the best she had ever seen," Humphres said. The inspector also lauded the airport's navigational aid inspection program, its training, its wildlife control and firefighter response times.
Rapid City Regional Airport serves the Black Hills, western South Dakota, eastern Wyoming, northwest Nebraska and parts of Montana and North Dakota. Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Allegiant Air and American Airlines serve the Rapid City market with nonstop service to Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and Mesa/Phoenix.
Airport Executive Director