Tickets On Sale For United Express Flights In Pierre And Watertown

United Airlines

Commercial air service will return to Pierre and Watertown, SD in early April. United Airlines will fly from the two airports to Denver under the company’s United Express brand.

An announcement came early Wednesday afternoon.

This morning, KELOLAND News did some searching and found tickets available for the flights right now. Prices will begin at $145 one way between South Dakota and Denver and even cheaper between the two South Dakota cities.

According to United.com, flight begin April 3.

KELOLAND News analyzed ticket schedules and prices from the week of 4/8/19 to 4/14/19.

Schedule

SOUTH DAKOTA -> DENVER

DENVER -> SOUTH DAKOTA

DAY WATERTOWN PIERRE DENVER DAY DENVER PIERRE WATERTOWN
CT MT MT CT
MONDAY 8:31 AM 9:56 AM 10:30 AM MONDAY 11:05 AM 1:34 PM No Stop
No Stop 2:04 PM 2:38 PM 1:30 PM No Stop 4:16 PM
4:46 PM No Stop 5:40 PM 8:15 PM 10:44 PM 12:07 AM
TUESDAY 8:31 AM 9:56 AM 10:30 AM TUESDAY 11:05 AM 1:34 PM No Stop
No Stop 2:04 PM 2:38 PM 1:30 PM No Stop 4:16 PM
4:46 PM No Stop 5:40 PM 8:15 PM 10:44 PM 12:07 AM
WEDNESDAY 8:31 AM 9:56 AM 10:30 AM WEDNESDAY 11:05 AM 1:34 PM No Stop
No Stop 2:04 PM 2:38 PM 1:30 PM No Stop 4:16 PM
4:46 PM No Stop 5:40 PM 8:15 PM 10:44 PM 12:07 AM
THURSDAY 8:31 AM 9:56 AM 10:30 AM THURSDAY 11:05 AM 1:34 PM No Stop
No Stop 2:04 PM 2:38 PM 1:30 PM No Stop 4:16 PM
4:46 PM No Stop 5:40 PM 8:15 PM 10:44 PM 12:07 AM
FRIDAY 8:31 AM 9:56 AM 10:30 AM FRIDAY 11:05 AM 1:34 PM No Stop
No Stop 2:04 PM 2:38 PM 1:30 PM No Stop 4:16 PM
4:46 PM No Stop 5:40 PM 8:15 PM 10:44 PM 12:07 AM
SATURDAY 8:30 AM 9:56 AM 10:30 AM SATURDAY 5:15 PM 7:44 PM 9:07 PM
SUNDAY 8:31 AM 9:56 AM 10:30 AM SUNDAY 11:05 AM 1:34 PM No Stop
No Stop 2:04 PM 2:38 PM 1:30 PM No Stop 4:16 PM
4:46 PM No Stop 5:40 PM 8:15 PM 10:44 PM 12:07 AM
INFORMATION CAPTURED ON 2/27/19 ON UNITED.COM FROM THE WEEK OF 4/8/19 TO 4/14/19

Pricing

Pricing On Pierre/Watertown/Denver United Express Routes

INFORMATION CAPTURED ON 2/27/19 ON UNITED.COM FROM THE WEEK OF 4/8/19 TO 4/14/19

Denver to Watertown

Denver to Pierre

$165

$145

Watertown to Denver

Pierre to Denver

$160

$145

Watertown to Pierre

Pierre to Watertown

$74

$79

Prices are using basic economy fares/One-Way

The flights will be operated by SkyWest, but for customers that won’t mean much as they will be marketed as part of the United brands. Serivce abrutley ended in Watertown and Pierre from California Pacific Airlines earlier this year leaving passengers stranded.

The two airports receive federal funding for flights through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Essential Air Service program. This ensures small, rural airports still receive commercial flights.

Several airlines submitted requests to take over the routes.

City officials believed Skywest was the best option for residents because it connects to the United Airlines network providing more and cheaper options. The decision was up to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Skywest issued the following statement:

“Access to reliable and efficient local air service means more choice and more convenience for Pierre travelers,” said Greg Atkin, SkyWest Airlines managing director – Market Development. “We look forward to bringing United Express jet service to Pierre in April.”

Skywest confirmed the plane that passengers will be flying on is the CRJ200.

What many of our viewers want to know is how much it costs. We simply went to United.com and looked at basic economy pricing for one week. Here’s what we found:

From Watertown to Denver it is $160 for a one-way flight.

Compare that to another United flight on the same day from Sioux Falls to Denver and it’s $61 cheaper. There are flights on Frontier Airlines between Sioux Falls and Denver which are less expensive.

Because these new flights are part of the United network, you’ll be able to connect to other airports from the Denver hub. So we looked at what it cost to get to Chicago from South Dakota.

A one way flight from Watertown to Chicago with a layover in Denver is $203.

It’s $293 for a flight from Sioux Falls to Chicago with a layover in Denver.

But if you want to fly non-stop Sioux Falls to Chicago… it’s $370.

It’s important to note this is just a snapshot. Prices change on a number of factors, but it does show a trend of flights being less expensive from Pierre and Watertown.

We also did some playing around and found a flight from Watertown to London for $639 round trip!

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