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Boyd, Seafeldt speak at Rotary

by Jamestown Sun - Staff

Posted on 7/19/2016

Jim Boyd, chairman of the Jamestown Regional Airport Authority, and Sam Seafeldt, manager of the Jamestown Regional Airport, spoke at Rotary's recent meeting about boardings and the new passenger-boarding bridge.

Boarding numbers are near 1,000 per month with June being the highest month this year with 997, Boyd and Seafeldt said. The goal is to have 10,000 boardings by the end of September, Boyd said.

SkyWest Airlines has been pleased with the increase in boardings and is looking forward to a new ramp bridge and enlarged boarding, Boyd and Seafeldt said. The hope is to be able to handle at least 50 to 60 people and luggage. Currently SkyWest has 20 staff members, and Jamestown Regional Airport has four full-time employees. The Transportation Security Administration has staff on site from 4:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm.

Jamestown Regional Airport still has two flights per day flying in and out of Denver. Seafeldt said there were 2,600 passenger boardings in 2013 and 3,200 in 2014. In 2015, when SkyWest started serving Jamestown and Devils Lake, Jamestown saw 8,000 passenger boardings. This year through June, the Jamestown airport has seen 6,300 passenger boardings. Seafeldt said it is reasonable for Jamestown to have 10,000 boardings by the end of September.

Boyd thanked those who choose to fly to and from Jamestown. He also said the airport has seen people from Fargo, Bismarck and Aberdeen, S.D., using SkyWest because of better pricing and no charge for parking. People love the 50-passenger jet, Boyd said.

Mark Sherfy welcomed everyone to the meeting, Mark Reeves gave the table blessing, Larry Hoffman and Sherfy led the group in singing, and Nick Schmidt collected "Happy Dollars" for Rotary projects.

Mark Olson has today's program, Dave Smette has the invocation, Sean Johnson is song leader, and K.C. DeBoer is the sergeant-at-arms. The Jamestown Rotary Club meets at 12:10 p.m. Tuesdays at the Quality Inn & Suites.