American Airlines started daily year-round flights to Dallas/Fort Worth from Rapid City, South Dakota, on Tuesday, April 6. The flights are operated by American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American. In addition scheduled flights will be operated seasonally between Rapid City and Chicago O’Hare. Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago are American Airlines’ two largest hub airports.
American Eagle will fly the 50-passenger Embraer ERJ-145 to both Chicago and Dallas.
The expansion into South Dakota is part of American’s “cornerstone” strategy to build up its five major hubs in Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, Miami and New York, an American Airlines representative said. The Sioux Falls Airport also welcomed flights to Chicago and Dallas on Tuesday.
For visitors to the Black Hills, this new direct service increases the choices of air service to six airlines.
The increased service will provide more options and hopefully, lower airfares, for people booking on Shebby Lee Tours programs which originate in Rapid City, including this fall’s unique Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup (Sept. 25-30).
Shebby Lee is a historian, writer and tour operator specializing in the historic and cultural heritage of the Great American West. Her early training was in the theatre and she served a tour of duty as an entertainer with the USO. She is also an Admiral in the Nebraska Navy.