January 10 2023

Bozeman Yellowstone Int'l Airport Shatters All-Time Passenger Record in 2022 with 2.26 Million Passengers Traveling Through Montana's Busiest Airport

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BOZEMAN, MT (January 10, 2023) Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) experienced another year of record-breaking passenger growth and infrastructure development.

BZN handled an all-time record 2,264,424 passengers during 2022. This is a passenger increase of 16.7% over the previous record of 1,940,191 set in 2021. Over 40% of passengers traveling by air to or from Montana traveled through BZN in 2022. “BZN continues to see exceptional growth, creating economic opportunity for all of southwest Montana,” said Chief Executive Officer, Brian Sprenger.

Passenger totals in and out by airline brand in 2022 were:
Delta Air Lines – 622,232                              United Airlines – 588,474
Southwest Airlines – 446,867                       Alaska Airlines – 227,304       
American Airlines – 220,087                         Allegiant Air – 102,203
JetBlue – 36,925                                            Sun Country – 14,675
Chartered Airline Flights – 5,657

Tower operations (landing or takeoff) at BZN decreased 4.3% to 111,062 compared to 116,055 in 2021. There were 183 general aviation international arrivals handled at BZN’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office during the year compared to 107 during 2021.

Tower Operations (Landing or Takeoff) by type were:                          2022                2021            Change
       Scheduled Passenger and Cargo Airline Operations                   21,744             24,820           -12.4%
       Business Jet Operations (Aircraft over 12,500 lbs.)                     16,282              15,288            + 6.5%   
       General Aviation Operations                                                         72,439              75,350            - 3.8%
       Military Operations                                                                             487                   597            -18.4%

Construction at BZN during 2022 continued at a record pace to further support increased passenger and aircraft traffic. An $8 million expansion of the pay parking lot added nearly 40% more stalls allowing BZN to now accommodate over 3,500 vehicles. Along with parking lot improvements, BZN expanded the arrivals curb by nearly 300% in order to better accommodate peak arrival times. Inside the terminal, construction of the new $23 million in-line baggage handling system is underway with completion set for summer 2023. On the airside, BZN rehabilitated and expanded the terminal apron to accommodate three additional 737-900 aircraft. BZN also completed a new ramp, roadway, and infrastructure on the north side of the airport to serve our thriving and award-winning 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 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*, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Dallas-Love*, Denver, Detroit*, 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 1,400 people are employed by the 37 entities with offices at the airport.  * Denotes seasonal service

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