Featured News: Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport Increases Flights, Expands Terminal
by Emily Coombs
on Saturday, November 14th, 2020 at 2:33pm.
It’s not often an airport is described as remarkable, but there isn’t a more fitting term for this beautiful international airport tucked up in the mountains of Bozeman, Montana. In 2019, the airport handled 1,573,860 passengers, a 17.3% increase over 2018, and the 10th consecutive year of record-breaking traffic.
Even more remarkable is even amidst a pandemic, the airport has added five new flights. According to Brian Sprenger, Airport Director, Bozeman Yellowstone International is recovering quicker than the national average. October numbers are projected to be down just 25% compared to last year, whereas nationally, air traffic is down between 55% and 60%.
This winter, the airport expects to offer nonstop service to 19 markets on seven different airline brands. The winter 2020 flight schedule can be found here.
The airport itself has turned more than one head. The beautiful stone and log structure filled with local art is more akin to a lodge than an airport terminal. (Think, floor to ceiling stone fireplaces on both the upper and lower levels.) The spacious restaurant has enormous picture windows that look out onto the Bridger Mountain Range (and the food is delicious!) And, the airport is a quick ten miles from Bozeman.
Visitors can learn about Yellowstone National Park at Yellowstone Forever, a retail shop full of educational books, maps, guides, and interactive exhibits. Check out the live view of Old Faithful while you are there! Montana Gift Corral has a large selection of Montana-made gifts, souvenirs, and home décor, and Copper Horse Market is a great place to stock up on snacks and reading material.
Last month, the airport revealed the $26.5 million expansion, which added four new gates and 75,000 square feet to what is already Montana’s largest and busiest airport. The new concourse has an additional restaurant and bar, a pet relief area, more charging and water refill stations, and mother’s rooms.
Just south of the airport, located on an old 50-acre mine pit, the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport Plaza is slated for construction. Plans call for a hotel, gas station, restaurant, liquor store, and brewery. Future plans also include a bowling alley and movie theater.