Month: July 2018

GPIA to partner with Kalispell Heart Program for Stock The Locker

Glacier Park International Airport and the Kalispell HEART (Homeless Education And Resources Together) Program’s HEART Locker will partner for Stock The Locker, a clothing and school supply drive to begin on July 28, 2018.

Since the most popular back-to-school shopping destinations will function as donation locations, donating will be convenient for all Flathead Valley residents. Any and all donations are welcome, as long as they are related to school supplies, clothing, or hygiene products. In order to best serve the HEART Locker, all donation locations will have removable tickets with listed items that are in highest demand in the community.

“We’re so grateful for the variety of items donated by our community,” says Nichole Heyer, Director of the HEART Locker. “If I had to choose one item that we’d love to receive in new condition, it would be socks, bras and underwear.” School supplies, clothing and hygiene products are accepted. Socks, bras and underwear are needed in all sizes to meet the needs of students from kindergarten up to high school seniors.

In addition to new socks and underwear for students of all ages, gift cards to restaurants and local retailers are in short supply. “The HEART Locker has an amazing selection of gently used clothing gifted to us by t

he community, and we definitely also see kids who just need to know where their next meal is coming from,” Heyer says, adding that Subway is a popular among the students that she serves. Gift cards of $10 can bridge the long hours between a child’s last meal and the next one. It’s an important gap to fill, especially in evenings and on weekends when kids can’t depend on school lunches and breakfasts to meet their nutritional needs.

Stores participating in Stock The Locker will be Walmart, K-Mart and the Kalispell Center Mall and donations can be dropped off at any location until August 12, 2018. The Glacier Park International Airport Fire Team will be responsible for pick up and drop off of all donation receptacles in each participating location. The HEART Locker will receive all donations the week of August 13, 2018, one week before the public school start date. 

ABOUT THE HEART LOCKER AND GLACIER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The HEART Lock

er is a facility in Kalispell run by the HEART Program and Kalispell Schools, which acts as a free store for students in need. The facility receives donations from the community that include clothing, shoes, hygiene products and school supplies for the students to receive at no cost. HEART Locker is not open to the public, and each school in the Flathead Valley has their own key to the facility for students in need.

Glacier Park International Airport serves as the gateway to the Flathead Valley. The airport is committed to serving those that live within the community that they serve.

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United Airlines’ direct daily service to LAX takes flight June 7

Inbound and outbound travelers will enjoy new direct flights from Glacier Park International Airport to the west coast, starting this week. On June 7, for the first time, United Airlines will offer direct, daily flights from Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). In addition, United will run direct flights from Glacier Park International Airport to San Francisco International Airport (SFO), which started in 2017.

“We’re not so remote anymore,” comments Rob Ratkowski, director for Glacier Park International Airport. “Ten years ago, reaching Kalispell from southern California could easily take a half day or more. Today, with United’s new direct service to LAX, the trip only takes a few hours, making the Flathead easily accessible for both business travel and tourism.”

Following a record-breaking summer for Glacier Park International Park in 2017, the investment underscores United’s confidence in the Flathead’s burgeoning travel economy. “United’s summer service between Los Angeles and Kalispell opens a whole new world of outdoor travel opportunities for our customers,” said Ankit Gupta, United’s vice president of Domestic Network Planning. “We are excited to connect Southern California to the beauty of the Flathead and Glacier National Park.”

In recent years, California has been the top origination point for flights bound for Glacier Park International Airport. Ratkwoski anticipates volume from this market will likely increase as travelers take advantage of United’s direct flights.

“We have the infrastructure to handle more flights and passengers than people realize, if we work creatively. At this point, having a team capable of handling the challenges that come with this kind of growth – from maintaining runways to providing guest service – and doing it with excellence is crucial to success. Fortunately, the Glacier Park International Airport’s team is world-class. I’d match this crew against any airport out there.”

United’s direct flight to LAX is scheduled to depart daily from Glacier Park International Airport at 12:58 p.m. MST with an estimated arrival time of 2:38 p.m. PST into LAX. The flight originating from LAX will leave daily at 8:30 a.m. PST, landing at Glacier Park International at 12:20 p.m. MST.