Month: April 2020

Flathead Municipal Airport Authority to submit passenger facility charge application

The Flathead Municipal Airport Authority (FMAA) intends to file an application with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to impose and use Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) under §14 CFR Part 158.30. The FMAA seeks authority for to collect approximately $49.85 million in PFC revenue, with a proposed PFC level of collection of $4.50 per eligible enplaned passenger. This application will not change the current $4.50 PFC collection amount. The PFC funds will be used for the following projects at the Glacier Park International Airport (GPIA), each of which will have a $4.50 PFC collection amount:

  1. Airport terminal modernization and expansion necessary to accommodate the increase of passengers that has resulted from continued growth of commercial service at GPIA. $49.25 million of PFC funds are estimated for this project.
  2. Relocate the terminal leachfield, which is undersized for current operations. This will facilitate expansion to accommodate future growth. $6,152 of PFC funds are estimated for this project to reimburse FMAA for expenditures utilized as matching funds for a portion of FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant 55.
  3. Purchase of an aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicle to increase the safety of the airport by providing the appropriate equipment to service any fires on the airport. $73,722 of PFC funds are estimated for this project to reimburse FMAA for the local match for a portion of AIP grant 55.
  4. Terminal apron expansion of 15,000 square yards to alleviate current overcrowding that limits the flights the airport can accommodate. $381,093 of PFC funds are estimated for this project as the local match for a portion of AIP grant 55.
  5. Terminal expansion and modernization design to enhances the long-term sustainability of the airport by providing additional boarding gates, passenger hold room space, and other spaces to meet long-term capacity requirements. $128,159 of PFC funds are estimated for this project as the local match for AIP grant 56.
  6. PFC application preparation. $14,047 of PFC funds are estimated for this project, which is an allowable cost as part of a PFC application.

The estimated charge effective date for this PFC application is January 1, 2021, and the estimated charge expiration date is August 30, 2048. The FMAA currently has the approval to impose and use approximately $17.5 million of PFC funds, which is estimated to be completed at the same time as the estimated charge effective date of the proposed PFC application.

Additional information on the specific projects for which PFC approval is sought may be obtained by contacting GPIA Airport Director Rob Ratkowski at (406) 257‐5994 x 2004 or via email at . All comments must be received by June 12, 2020.

Passengers to be screened following air travel

Glacier Park International Airport joins Montana airports in protecting Flathead Valley residents, travelers

Based on a directive issued on March 30 by Montana Governor Steve Bullock, the Montana National Guard will be screening deplaning passengers at all commercial airports in Montana including Glacier Park International Airport.

These voluntary checks are anticipated to start April 3. Inbound passengers will be asked by members of the Montana National Guard to share relevant travel and health history, and to have their temperature taken following travel. The goal of these efforts is to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Flathead Valley and to inform inbound passengers of the Governor’s quarantine order.

“We want to assure residents and travelers that this practice is being implemented as a precaution to help flatten the curve in our community,” Rob Ratkowski, Glacier Park International Airport Director, said. “Seeing our Montana National Guard in the airport may be a surprise to some and we wanted to let folks know ahead of time that this is no cause for concern.”

The unarmed Montana National Guard members will be screening passengers to learn of their relevant travel and health history and if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. Should a passenger have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, the Montana National Guard will escort the traveler to a separate room where they will be screened by a medical professional and referred if needed to the local Flathead City-County Health Department.

Per Governor Bullock’s quarantine directive, both Montana residents and non-residents entering the state for non-work-related purpose are being asked to self-quarantine for fourteen days following travel in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Although numbers have dropped significantly within the past month, travelers are still arriving and departing through GPIA. Domestic flights are still operating. Travelers are encouraged to check with their airline carrier prior to traveling to ensure they have the most up-to-date information.


Airline service at Glacier Park International Airport is provided by Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Allegiant Air. Cities with year-round service include Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Seattle. Additional cities with seasonal service include Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and Portland. For more information about GPIA, please visit