Rapid City Regional Airport

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Rapid City Regional Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Rapid City
OperatorRapid City Regional Airport Board
ServesRapid City, South Dakota
Elevation AMSL3,203 ft / 976 m
Coordinates44°02′43″N 103°03′26″W / 44.04528°N 103.05722°W / 44.04528; -103.05722
RAP is located in South Dakota
Location of airport in South Dakota/United States
RAP is located in the United States
RAP (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 8,701 2,652 Concrete
5/23 3,601 1,098 Asphalt
Aircraft operations (2015)42,989
Based aircraft (2017)118
Total passengers served (12 months ending Jun 2017)565,000

Rapid City Regional Airport (IATA: RAP, ICAO: KRAP, FAA LID: RAP) is a public use airport, nine miles southeast of Rapid City, in Pennington County, South Dakota, United States.[1]

It is included in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021, in which it is categorized as a non-hub primary commercial service facility.[2]

It is the closest commercial airport to Mount Rushmore, located approximately 31.7 miles (51km) away by driving distance.


The passenger terminal

The airport covers 1,655 acres (6.70 km2) at an elevation of 3,203 feet (976 m). It has two runways: 14/32 is 8,701 by 150 feet (2,652 x 46 m) concrete and 5/23 is 3,601 by 75 feet (1,098 x 23 m) asphalt.[1] A near-parallel grass runway (13/31, 2,400 by 100 feet (732 x 30 m)) exists approximately 2,400 feet from Runway 14/32; this runway, however, belongs to Dan's Airport (FAA LID: 4SD4), a small private airport.[3]

In 2015 the airport had 42,989 aircraft operations, average 118 per day: 55% general aviation, 27% air taxi, 10% military and 8% airline. In September 2017, there were 118 aircraft based at this airport: 87 single-engine, 25 multi-engine, 5 jet, and 1 glider.[1]

The terminal building opened in 1988; a $20.5 million expansion and renovation designed by TSP Architecture was completed in 2012.[4][5] It includes 12,000 square feet of new floor space, the addition of three jet bridges and one boarding gate, an expanded security area with room for up to three lanes and body scanners, a new rental car wing, additional seating in the concourse, larger restrooms before and after security, modernized phone and data systems, new flight information boards, improved food service and shopping areas in the concourse, a rooftop patio, and energy-efficient windows and building exterior repair.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

As the main gateway airport to the Black Hills, the airport provides service to 13 destinations across the United States.

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth
Seasonal: Charlotte
Delta Air Lines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City
United Airlines Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Denver
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver
Seasonal: Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco

Destinations map[edit]

Destinations map
All passenger destinations from Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP).
Red = Year-round destination
Green = Seasonal destination


Carrier shares[edit]

Carrier shares (April 2019 – March 2020)[6]
Rank Carrier Passengers % of market
1 SkyWest 264,000 38.82%
2 Mesa 103,000 15.17%
3 Allegiant 83,060 12.22%
4 Trans States 63,310 9.31%
5 Delta 43,260 6.36%
Other 123,000 18.12%

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from RAP
(April 2019 - March 2020)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Denver, Colorado 84,000 United
2 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 76,000 Delta
3 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 51,000 American
4 Chicago–O’Hare, Illinois 46,000 American, United
5 Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona 26,000 Allegiant
6 Salt Lake City, Utah 21,000 Delta
7 Las Vegas, Nevada 16,000 Allegiant
8 Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Arizona 6,000 American
9 Charlotte, North Carolina 6,000 American
10 Newark, New Jersey 2,000 United


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Form 5010 for RAP PDF, effective September 14, 2017.
  2. ^ "List of NPIAS Airports" (PDF). FAA.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Dan's Airport". Airnav.com. July 16, 2020. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  4. ^ Aust, Scott. "$20.5M airport project looks to land on time". Rapid City Journal. Retrieved 2013-04-14.
  5. ^ a b Rusch, Emilie (April 18, 2012). "$20.5M Airport Project Looks to Land On Time". Rapid City Journal. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "RITA BTS Transtats - RAP". www.transtats.bts.gov. Retrieved 27 November 2018.

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