Press Release

2010 Sets all-time passenger boarding record at Gallatin Field

January 10, 2011
Gallatin Field Airport recorded its busiest year ever with 365,210 passengers boarding airline flights in 2010. This represents a 6.6% increase over 2009 and nearly 14,000 passengers more than the previous record set in 2008.

The Air Traffic Control Tower at Gallatin Field handled 72,447 aircraft operations during the year, up 5.1% over 2009 aircraft operations. General aviation accounts for 75% of Gallatin Field’s aircraft operations. Scheduled passenger and cargo airline service accounts for approximately 18% and corporate jet operations account for the remaining 7% of all Gallatin Field aircraft operations.

This coming summer, the Gallatin Airport Authority will open a $40 million dollar “state of the art” terminal expansion that will more than double the terminal’s size, add three new gates, improve the passenger and baggage screening experience, add a third baggage claim carousel and increase food, beverage and retail concessions inside the terminal. It is estimated that this project employs between 110 and 175 construction personnel for the duration of the two year project. The project is fully funded without any local tax payer support.

Additionally, the Gallatin Airport Authority completed work in June 2010 on a $3.5 million dollar Consolidated Rental Car Service Facility. New airline service additions during the past year included daily summer and winter non-stop service to San Francisco on United Airlines and twice weekly year-round service to Phoenix-Mesa on Allegiant Air.

Passenger boardings by airline brand in 2010 were:
• Delta Air Lines – 155,924
• United Airlines – 119,649
• Horizon Air – 37,070
• Frontier Airlines – 35,847
• Allegiant Air – 15,708
• Chartered Airline Flights – 1,012

About Gallatin Field Airport - Gallatin Field Airport serves Bozeman, Big Sky, Southwest Montana and Yellowstone National Park and is served by five airline brands with year round non-stop service to Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Phoenix-Mesa, Salt Lake City and Seattle/Tacoma. Winter and summer schedules include non-stop service to Atlanta and San Francisco. Over 400 people are employed by the 28 entities with offices at Gallatin Field.

About the Airport

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) is owned and operated by the Gallatin Airport Authority. Established in 1972, the function of the Gallatin Airport Authority is to plan for, provide, operate and safely maintain an aviation facility adequate to the needs of the flying public in the Yellowstone region and to keep it self-sustaining.

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