Text Box: Glacier Airline Enhancement & Retention Outreach 
Sharing Risk with Airlines to Bring New Air Service to the Flathead.

Mission: Glacier AERO is a 501-c-6 organized to promote business and community growth and development by investing in strategies designed to expand commercial air service to the Flathead Valley. 

 

History: In February 2014 Glacier AERO was formed to establish a fund to secure additional direct flights to the Flathead Valley from key air transportation hubs through negotiated Minimum Revenue Guarantee (MRG) contracts.

Why:  A community’s economic well-being is dependent on its ability to connect to the ever-shrinking  world.  Options for competitively-priced airline service and connectivity to national hubs are necessary for communities and businesses to thrive and grow. 

How:  Glacier AERO partners with airlines to share the substantial financial risk to bring new direct flights to the Flathead Valley using Minimum Revenue Guarantees (MRG).

Support:  Glacier AERO is able to bring new flights to the Flathead Valley with MRGs due to financial support from local businesses.  If you benefit from increased air service options, please call Kim Morisaki, 406-257-7711 x3 to discuss how your investment could bring the next airline or connection to Glacier Park International Airport. 

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MRG:  Minimum Revenue Guarantee Contracts are a tool for communities to partner with airlines in sharing the risk of adding flights in new, untested markets.  Funds are only transferred to the airline when flights under-perform and do not cover costs.  Minimum Revenue Guarantee levels are determined by a complicated calculation taking into consideration number of seats sold, price/seat and fuel costs. 

SCASD:  Small Community Air Service Development (SCASD) Grants are funds that Airport Authorities can apply for to assist them with attracting new air service to their community with  MRGs and marketing.  Communities apply for the grant and are expected to bring funds to the project with a 30% cash match. 

The Flathead Business Community Supports Glacier AERO:

Big Mountain Commercial Association

Northwest Montana Association of Realtors

Kalispell Regional Healthcare

Health Center Northwest

Kalispell Chamber of Commerce/Foundation

Whitefish Chamber of Commerce

Montana West Economic Development

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

The Purple Pomegranate

National Parks Realty

Alamo Rental Car

American Bank

APEC, Inc.

Avis Rental Car

Budget Rental Car

Café Kandahar

Daily Inter Lake

Dennis Beams

Evergreen Chamber of Commerce

Five Star Rentals

Freedom Bank

Garden Wall Inn

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flathead Electric

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Glacier Bank

First Interstate Bank

North Valley Hospital

Kalispell CVB

Whitefish CVB

Phil and Donna Harris

Whitefish Credit Union

Valley Bank

Kandahar Lodge

Glacier Restaurant Group

Glacier Sotheby’s

Good Medicine Lodge

Great Northern Brewing

Hell Roaring Saloon.

Henry Galpin

Hidden Moose Lodge

Jackola Engineering

Kalispell Grand Hotel

Nomad GCS

Rocky Mountain Transportation