February 25 2019

Airline Terminal Concourse Expansion Approved


BOZEMAN, MT (February 25, 2019).  Ten years ago when BZN was handling approximately 700,000 passengers annually, the Gallatin Airport Authority approved a terminal expansion that was built to accommodate 1.5 million passengers each year.  BZN expects to meet the 1.5 million passenger threshold in 2019.  In 2018, the Gallatin Airport Authority selected engineering firm Morrison Maierle, Comma-Q Architecture, the national expertise of Reynolds Smith and Hills and general contractor Martel Construction to design the next phase of terminal expansion. Last week, the Gallatin Airport Authority Board approved proceeding with the project with construction anticipated to begin in late March. 

The project will add approximately 70,000 square feet to the concourse, ultimately provide four additional gates, a third food and beverage location inside security, additional retail options and include space for future expanded outbound baggage handling. Overall, the project is anticipated to cost approximately $27 million including additional passenger boarding bridges and the terminal apron to serve the expanded concourse.  The project is being funded through a combination of Airport Improvement Program grants (which originate through airline ticket taxes) and the Authority’s capital improvement fund.  In addition, Airport Director Brian Sprenger said, “We are pleased that the airport has operated and expanded for over 30 years without local or state taxes and this project will continue that practice.”

Tony Martel, President of Martel Construction, Inc., estimates that over 500 direct and indirect jobs will be created during the construction of the concourse expansion.  With careful planning, we expect minimal inconvenience to the flying public during the project and the project is anticipated to be completed in time for peak summer traffic in 2020.  Gallatin Airport Authority Board Chairman, Carl Lehrkind, IV stated, “The latest expansion will continue to support the already amazing growth we have seen in passenger numbers and better accommodate the flying public that we serve.  This expansion, much like the previous ones, will maintain the style and décor of previous expansions welcoming friends, family, and visitors to our amazing community.”

About Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport serves as the year-round gateway to Yellowstone National Park. BZN also serves the recreation areas of Big Sky Resort and the Bridger Bowl Ski Area as well as the business centers of Bozeman, Belgrade and Livingston and higher education at Montana State University. BZN is served by seven major airline brands with non-stop service to 17 destinations throughout the nation.  For more information about Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport visit bozemanairport.com or follow Bozeman Airport on Twitter.  


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