Rapid City Regional Airport closed Sunday - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City Regional Airport closed Sunday



Rapid City Regional Airport will remain CLOSED for the rest of Sunday.

A spokesperson says they are without power and trying to fix some damages.

They are trying to reopen tomorrow morning for first departures but chances are 50/50 right now.

We will update you as we find out more.

Original Story:

Travelers waiting for their flight to depart Rapid City are out of luck.   

All flights in and out of Rapid City Regional Airport were canceled Friday, and Saturday the airport was shut down entirely due to the blizzard in KOTA Territory.

Executive Director Cameron Humphres says crews are working hard to try and get the airport open by Sunday at 4 p.m. but it's not a guarantee.

People aren't stranded in the terminals though, flights were canceled early enough and people were moved out of the building before the roads were closed Friday.

Humphres says crews are trained for the winter and large equipment like snow plows and blowers are used when large amounts of snow are dropped on the runway. 

"Despite great training and a great crew, a storm like this takes a lot to dig out from," said Humphres.

Humphres says he may know around noon tomorrow whether the airport will stay on schedule and open at 4 p.m.

The inside of the airport was almost completely empty on Friday, but there were still a few travelers stranded waiting for shuttles or for the storm to pass.  

"My moral is good cause I'm here safely not in a ditch," said Erin McCarthy from Plains, MT. "And it's just a slight inconvenience to be here over the weekend when I didn't intend to." 

"Actually it's not the most beautiful place to be stuck," said Augustin Vuillart from Paris, France.

"And in this kind of airport were nobody is going to stay here it's a bit depressing moment but we'll try to just fix it to wait a bit." 


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