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BZN becomes busiest airport in state



Ranks in nation’s top 120


BOZEMAN – This June, the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) reached a new milestone: It for the first time tallied more passenger enplanements/deplanements than any other airport in Montana during a 12-month consecutive 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 the state for that period.

Airport Director Brian Sprenger credited 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 for the success. He also noted long-term partnerships forged with Montana State University, the Yellowstone Association and the Yellowstone Park Foundation helped BZN reach this milestone.

“We are fortunate to have so many entities in southwest Montana that understand the importance of air service to the local economy,” Sprenger said.

In the last three years, passenger traffic has increased 28 percent, or by nearly 200,000 passengers, elevating 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, Ore., 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.

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