MT (January 11, 2022). Bozeman
Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) handled an all-time record 1,940,191
passengers during 2021. This is an increase
of 118.1% over COVID impacted 2020 and a 23.3% increase over the previous
record of 1,573,860 set in 2019. Over
40% of passengers traveling by air to or from Montana traveled through BZN in 2021. On
a national basis, the Transportation Security Administration reported a 31.1%
decline in passenger throughput across 440 U.S. airports for 2021 compared to
2019. “BZN has been fortunate to see a very robust recovery in passenger
traffic with record setting passenger levels since April 2021. It is estimated the increase in passengers in
2021 generated nearly $200 million in additional economic activity for
Southwest Montana compared to 2019.” said Brian Sprenger, Airport
addition of Southwest Airlines to the market with access to their network and
passenger loyalty was a highlight of 2021.
In addition, nearly every airline serving BZN added additional
destinations during the year including new seasonal non-stop markets such as
San Diego, Austin and Washington, D.C.
Also fueling the increase in passengers was the average aircraft size
serving BZN increased from 99-seats in 2020 to 124-seats in 2021.
Air Traffic Control Tower handled an all-time record 116,055 aircraft
operations during the year, up 11.5%.
Business aviation operations increased 27.4% to 15,288. General aviation accounts for 63% of aircraft
operations, scheduled passenger and cargo airline service accounts for
approximately 24% with business aviation accounting for the remaining 13%.
There were 107 general aviation international arrivals handled at the U.S.
Customs and Border Protection Office at BZN during the year compared to 98
added two new passenger boarding bridges and began construction of a new $23
million dollar in-line baggage handling system which will incorporate the
newest TSA technology for baggage screening.
Fourteen new private hangars were constructed during 2021 with an
additional sixteen either under construction or in the design phase. BZN also began construction of a new ramp,
roadway and infrastructure on the north side of the airport to serve our
thriving flight schools. BZN is the
seventh busiest airport in the 7-state Northwest Region of the country (region
including Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington) and
the 86th busiest airport in the nation in terms of passengers.
totals in and out by airline brand in 2021 were:
Air Lines – 519,913
Airlines – 496,313
Airlines – 305,315
Airlines – 228,867
Airlines – 216,826
Air – 88,894
Airlines – 22,157
Country – 12,912
- Chartered Airline Flights – 4,587
About Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport
International Airport (BZN) is Montana’s busiest airport and serves as a
year-round gateway to Yellowstone National Park. BZN also serves the recreation
areas of Big Sky Resort and Bridger Bowl as well as the business centers of
Bozeman, Belgrade, Big Sky and Livingston and higher education at Montana State
University and the Gallatin College. BZN
handles more passengers than any other Montana airport with coast to coast
non-stop service including Atlanta*, Austin*, Boston*, Charlotte* Chicago, Dallas/Ft.
Worth, Dallas-Love*, Denver, Fort Lauderdale*, Houston*, Las Vegas, Los
Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Newark*, New York JFK*, Nashville, Phoenix-Mesa,
Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma and Washington, D.C.
Over 1,100 people are employed by the 37 entities with offices at the
airport. * Denotes seasonal service