January 17 2024

2023 Soars to New Heights Concluding Another Record-Setting Year at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN)

In-line Baggage Handling System
BOZEMAN, MT (January 17, 2024) The Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) concluded another historic year with chart-topping passenger numbers, state-of-the-art advancements, and continued infrastructure development.

BZN handled a record-breaking 2,464,325 passengers during 2023. This is a passenger increase of 8.8% over the previous record of 2,264,424 set in 2022. During 2023, BZN named July, 2023 the busiest month on-record with 286,163 passengers. As BZN continues to sustain progressive growth within our market, industry, and community, we look forward to welcoming future economic opportunity for all 
of southwest Montana.

Passenger totals in and out by airline brand in 2023:
 United Airlines          654,677
 Allegiant Air          123,787
 Delta Air Lines           630,795
 JetBlue                   40,801
 Southwest Airlines   494,760
 Sun Country          14,231  
 Alaska Airlines           260,003
 Avelo Airlines        9,929
 American Airlines     231,609
 Charters                 3,733
 Total               2,464,325
Tower operations (landing or takeoff) at BZN increased 16.8% to 129,775 compared to 111,062 in 2022. Corporate landings increased
10.3% to 8,606 compared to 8,141 in 2022. There were 231 general aviation international arrivals handled at BZN’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office during the year compared to 183 during 2022. 

Tower Operations (Landing or Takeoff) by type were:            2023           2022             Change 
Scheduled Passenger and Cargo Airline Operations           22,888          22,938        -0.2%
Business Jet Operations (Aircraft over 12,500 lbs.)              17,212         15,608        10.3%
General Aviation Operations                                                 89,188         72,029        23.9%
Military Operations                                                                     487              487          0.0%
Total                                                                                     129,975       111,062

Behind-the-scenes, construction reached an engineering milestone with the grand opening of BZN’s $23-million In-line Baggage Handling System. This system utilizes state-of-the-art Baggage Screening and Explosive Detection technology that ultimately transformed baggage handling operations at BZN. Additionally, we celebrated the grand opening of the BZN Market located in the B Concourse. The market offers a modern twist on concessions at BZN with self-serve food and beverage, local retail, and panoramic mountain seating. Around the airfield, BZN expanded and rehabilitated all three General Aviation ramps and opened Taxiway G. Expansion also commenced on the north side of the airport as the first development broke ground paving the way for future airport growth.

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 92nd busiest airport in the nation in terms of passengers.

About Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport Bozeman Yellowstone 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 MDW*, Chicago ORD, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Dallas-Love*, Denver, Detroit*, Houston*, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Newark*, New York JFK*, Nashville, Orange County*, Phoenix-Mesa, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego*, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma and Washington, D.C.* Over 1,500 people are employed by the 40 entities with offices at the airport. * Denotes seasonal service

June 18, 2024
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