MISSOULA — Missoula International Airport has seen a slow, but steady uptick in travelers over the last few weeks.
As Montana and other states have been loosening restrictions the airport is seeing more foot traffic on both incoming and outgoing flights. In addition, airlines are slowly adding more flights.
Still, air travel is nowhere close to numbers experienced in previous years, according to Missoula Airport Director, Cris Jensen.
He says there will not be a direct flight to Atlanta this year, and other destinations that were running twice a day have cut back to one.
Jensen says the summer outlook is giving cause for optimism, “What we’re seeing is generally pretty positive, so we certainly have less seats in the market, but looking into June and July we’re seeing a lot of those seats being filled and so the airlines, you know a month ago we were flying a lot of empty airplanes, and now we have passengers on those planes.”
Jensen adds that staffing will remain low over the summer, but he expects they’ll start refilling positions in 2021.