2012 Sets Passenger Record at BZN
January 11, 2013
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) recorded its third consecutive all time record with 867,117 passengers flying in and out in 2012. This represents an increase of 71,007 passengers or 8.9% more than the previous record set in 2011. 2012 passenger totals represent an increase of 183,840 passengers or 26.9% over the 683,277 handled in 2009.
The Air Traffic Control Tower handled 81,482 aircraft operations during the year, up 10.5% over 2011. General aviation accounts for 76% of Gallatin Field’s aircraft operations. Scheduled passenger and cargo airline service accounts for approximately 18% and corporate jet operations account for the remaining 6% of all aircraft operations.
During 2012, new seasonal service was added to Newark/New York on United making Bozeman the first airport in Montana to have non-stop service Coast to Coast. In addition, seasonal non-stop service was also added to Portland, Oregon on Alaska Airlines and Oakland, California on Allegiant Air.
On July 1st, the airport, which is operated by the Gallatin Airport Authority opened a state of the art Customs and Border Patrol facility that permits international arriving general aviation aircraft. Over 50 international arrivals have occurred in the first six months of operation. The project was funded in cooperation with Signature Flight Support and the Yellowstone Club.
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport serves Big Sky, Southwest Montana and Yellowstone National Park and is served by five airline brands with non-stop service to Atlanta*, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles*, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Newark/New York*, Oakland*, Phoenix-Mesa, Portland*, Salt Lake City, San Francisco*, and Seattle/Tacoma. Over 500 people are employed by the 28 entities with offices at the airport. * Denotes seasonal service.
Passenger totals in and out by airline brand in 2012 were:
• Delta Air Lines – 332,074
• United Airlines – 261,991
• Frontier Airlines – 98,636
• Alaska Airlines – 93,623
• Allegiant Air – 77,271
• Chartered Airline Flights – 3,522