BOZEMAN, Mont. - The following is a news release from Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport.
"For the first time, Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) had more passenger enplanements and deplanements than any other airport in Montana during a twelve consecutive month period.
According to statistics from the Montana Department of Transportation, 879,221 passengers passed through the Airport's terminal between June 2012 and May 2013 surpassing all other airports in Montana for the same period.
This milestone is a direct result of collaboration between the Airport and the communities of Bozeman, Belgrade, Big Sky (including Big Sky Resort, Moonlight Basin and the Yellowstone Club) and West Yellowstone.
It is also due to long-term partnerships forged with Montana State University, the Yellowstone Association and the Yellowstone Park Foundation. "We are fortunate to have so many entities in Southwest Montana that understand the importance of air service to the local economy. Without their help, we would not be celebrating this momentous occasion," said Brian Sprenger, Airport Director.
In just three years passenger traffic has increased 28% or nearly 200,000 passengers and has elevated BZN to one of the top 120 airports in the nation in terms of passengers (out of nearly 500).
Much of this increase has been due to additional non-stop destinations including Portland, OR, Los Angeles, Phoenix-Mesa and New York/Newark. In addition, expanded access to hubs and destinations by network airlines, Delta, United and Alaska as well as low fare carriers Frontier and Allegiant Air have contributed to the growth. Scott Humphrey, Deputy Airport Director added, however, that "the Airport will not rest on past success and will continue to work closely with our communities, chambers of commerce and tourism organizations to promote awareness, visitation, economic development and global access to the region."
About Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport:
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport serves as a year-round gateway to Yellowstone National Park. BZN also serves the recreation areas of Big Sky Resort, Moonlight Basin 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 five airline brands, Alaska, Allegiant, Delta, Frontier and United with non-stop service to Atlanta*, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles*, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Newark/New York*, 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.
For more information about Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport go to http://www.bozemanairport.com"