Traffic and Transportation

Oct 17, 2012 3:21 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center

Missoula airport seeing more passengers

MISSOULA- More folks than ever have been hopping on and off of planes in the Garden City, with officials announcing they just had the busiest September on record.

"Passenger numbers were higher than any other September in the Airport's history. In addition, year-to-date, we are experiencing another record-breaking year in total passenger numbers," Missoula International Airport Director Cris Jensen said in a news release.

The total number of passengers flying through Missoula in September 2012 was 53,852, which represents a 9% increase over the previous record of 49,412 set in 2010. Meanwhile, the year-to-date the total number of passengers flying through Missoula is 462,464 as compared to the previous high of 447,493, which was set for the same time period last year.

"MSO is having a banner year, but based on trends over the last five years, the fact that we maintain this upward pattern is a solid indicator of continued growth in air travel in and out of Missoula," Jensen said.

He added that officials are working on the airport's terminal expansion plan to address the growth and are also still talking with airlines about adding more air service.

"Adding more air service lowers fares for the business and leisure traveler. To that end, we're working with Missoula Economic Partnership (MEP) who is involving the community in the airline recruitment effort," Jensen explained.

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