American Airlines will begin seasonal flights to LaGuardia starting next summer
BY JUSTIN FRANZ // AUG 29, 2019
It’ll soon be possible to fly direct from Northwest Montana to the Big Apple.
On Thursday, Glacier Park International announced that American Airlines was adding a seasonal direct flight to New York City’s LaGuardia Airport starting in June 2020.
The Kalispell to LaGuardia flight will be offered once a week on Saturdays during the summer. Service is set to begin on June 6, 2020 and tickets will go on sale starting Sept. 1.
Read More of this Flathead Beacon article at: https://flatheadbeacon.com/2019/08/29/glacier-park-international-add-direct-flights-new-york-city-starting-2020/
June 09, 2019 at 5:00 am | By DUNCAN ADAMS Daily Inter Lake
If regional nonprofit Glacier AERO were a propeller, it would have been spinning and humming Thursday.
That’s when American Airlines formally launched new direct flights serving Glacier Park International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Chicago.
As currently planned, the direct flights to Los Angeles and Chicago will end in September and the Dallas/Fort Worth flights will continue into October.
The snagging of direct flights by American Airlines was another success for Glacier AERO (Airline Enhancement and Retention Outreach), an organization founded, nurtured and led by the region’s business community to expand and enhance airline service for the Flathead Valley.
Read More of this Daily Inter Lake article at: https://www.dailyinterlake.com/local/20190609/group_boosts_regional_air_service_
Julie Gates, office coordinator for Glacier Park International Airport, and Rob Ratkowski, airport director, hand out welcome bags to passengers of the American Airlines inaugural flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to Glacier Park International Airport on Thursday, June 6. (Brenda Ahearn/Daily Inter Lake)
June 09, 2019 at 5:00 am
Glacier Park International Airport is truly the proverbial goose that lays the golden egg for economic development in the Flathead Valley.
On so many levels we rely on our airport for the connections it offers not only for commerce and tourism but also for leisure and family air travel. These days travelers have more direct flight options than ever before, and for that we shine the spotlight on Glacier AERO (Airline Enhancement and Retention Outreach), a group that’s been on the front line of working to expand regional air service since 2012.
Read More of this Daily Inter Lake editorial at: https://www.dailyinterlake.com/editorial/20190609/aero_has_piloted_better_air-travel_options
One Way to think about economic development is to see it as a tool for a community
BY KIM MORISAKI // MAY 28, 2019
More air service to more locations has been a constant drum beat for many in this valley for over a decade. In 2012 the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce as part of their Whitefish 2020 project, led by Kevin Gartland, Paul Johannsen and many others decided to take a proactive approach to meet this challenge and created Glacier AERO. After researching how Jackson, Wyoming, had increased their air service with a financial tool called a Minimum Revenue Guarantee (MRG) and working with a consultant they began to fundraise to create a fund to be used for MRGs in the Flathead. The idea with MRGs is that funds from a nonprofit group invested by local businesses guarantee an airline a minimum revenue on a new flight for a fixed number of weeks, insuring the airline against loss until the route is established and profitable, thus encouraging the airline to try new markets with minimum risk.
Read More of this Flathead Beacon column at: https://flatheadbeacon.com/2019/05/28/non-stop-glacier-aero/
Flight service and options have doubled in the last 10 years, with three new direct flights and a new airline added in 2018
BY MOLLY PRIDDY // DEC 27, 2018
Earlier this month, Glacier Park International Airport added new flight services from American Airlines, with direct routes to Dallas, Los Angeles, and Chicago planned for this summer.
With that deal, American Airlines became the fifth airline to fly into the Flathead via GPIA, which is more than double the number from just 10 years ago when there were only two airlines providing four direct flights out of the valley. It’s good news for the airport, which saw record passenger numbers in 2018, and has plans to expand in order to continue providing optimal service.
Read More of this Flathead Beacon article at: https://flatheadbeacon.com/2018/12/27/business-year-glacier-park-international-airport-glacier-aero/
As ridership breaks records, a new airport director looks to the future
BY JUSTIN FRANZ // JUN 1, 2017
From the big windows in his office, Rob Ratkowski can watch every plane that lands and takes off at Glacier Park International Airport. And every year, the number grows.
Northwest Montana’s primary airport is poised for another year of growth... (Read More of this Flathead Beacon article at https://flatheadbeacon.com/2017/06/01/glacier-park-international-airport-poised-growth/)
New group forms to help increase air travel to the Flathead and make it more affordable
BY DILLON TABISH // MAY 30, 2013
As the state’s tourism office continues to plaster inviting images of Montana on billboards across the U.S. and local businesses strive to compete in the global marketplace, attention is circling Glacier Park International Airport and the vital role of air service in the Flathead Valley.
This corner of the state, home to popular amenities and flourishing companies... (Read More of this Flathead Beacon Article at https://flatheadbeacon.com/2013/05/30/bringing-flights-to-the-flathead/)