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Smaller planes flying in and out of Pierre airport
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PIERRE (AP) — Great Lakes Airlines is flying smaller planes in and out of South Dakota's capital city to try to reduce flight disruptions that have plagued Pierre in recent months.

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KCCR radio reports that Great Lakes flights to Denver and Minneapolis are now on nine-passenger planes rather than 19-passenger aircraft.

Delayed and canceled flights have been a problem in Pierre since late last year. Great Lakes officials have said the reason is new federal rules requiring more flying hours for pilots of the 19-passenger planes.

Pierre Airport Manager Mike Isaacs says the move to smaller planes is temporary. He says the reliability of flights is more important now than the number of available seats.

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