Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport and Yellowstone National Park See Record Numbers in September
by Emily Coombs
on Friday, October 29th, 2021 at 11:04am.
Visitation to the Bozeman area and Yellowstone National Park set records in September. Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport saw passenger traffic up 47.5% from the record level set in September 2019. Nationally, passenger traffic in September was down 23.7% from 2019 numbers. The airport has handled more passengers over the past 12 months, (1,699,646) than any previous 12-month period. The airport has continued to set month-over-month records for the past six consecutive months.
Tower operations and business jet landings are also up. Tower operations totaled 11, 928 an all-time record, and business jet landings over 12,500 pounds set a record of 582, 9.2% over September 2020, and 81.9% over September 2019.
Yellowstone National Park also saw record numbers in September recording 872,695 recreation visits. This is a 4% increase from September 2020 and a 26% increase from September 2019. This makes it the busiest September on record and the first time the park has hosted over 4 million visitors year to date. So far in 2021, there have been 4,463,599 visitors, with is up 32% from the same period last year, and 17% up from 2019.
"Never in Yellowstone's history have we seen such substantial visitation increases in such a short amount of time," said Superintendent Cam Sholly. "We will continue working with our teams and partners to develop and implement appropriate short- and long-term actions for managing increasing visitation across the park. My thanks to our teams here for working through a record visitation year, especially with the continued workforce challenges presented by COVID-19."