Month: January 2021

SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES ADDS NEW ROUTE FROM GPIA

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SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES ADDS NEW ROUTE FROM GPIA
The Glacier Park International Airport will host Sun Country Airlines with flights to Minneapolis/St Paul beginning in May.

KALISPELL, Montana (Jan. 27, 2020) – Travel options are expanding at Glacier Park International Airport (GPIA). Sun Country Airlines, based in Minneapolis, will offer service from Kalispell to Minneapolis/St. Paul beginning in May.

“This new service from Sun Country Airlines is a testament to the recovery we are experiencing at GPIA,” said Rob Ratkowski, Glacier Park International Airport director “Passenger demand is steadily increasing, and airlines are recognizing the benefit of doing business here in Kalispell. We welcome Sun Country and are excited to have additional service to the Minneapolis/St. Paul market.”

GPIA’s recovery following a global travel decline in the midst of the pandemic has been one of the strongest in the state. Currently the airport is experiencing traffic similar to that of 2017 and continues to rise.

Sun Country Airlines CEO Jude Bricker says that adding these new routes and cities is a sign that the COVID-19 travel slump is turning around.

“We are excited to extend our network and offer people access to even more low-cost vacation options when they are ready to travel again. The past year has been a challenge for the travel industry but with increased access to COVID-19 tests and vaccinations, we’re starting to see that turnaround.”, says Bricker.

Sun Country Airlines will begin service from Kalispell to Minneapolis in May. Flights will be offered twice weekly and run seasonally through October. For additional information about routes and fares, please visit suncountry.com.

ABOUT GLACIER PARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
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 www.iflyglacier.com.

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FMAA GIVES GREEN LIGHT ON AIRPORT EXPANSION

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FMAA GIVES GREEN LIGHT ON AIRPORT EXPANSION
The Flathead Municipal Airport Authority Board of Directors approves moving to the bid phase on the Glacier Park International Airport expansion

KALISPELL, Montana (Jan. 15, 2020) Glacier Park International Airport (GPIA) is taking the next step toward its $100 million terminal expansion. The Flathead Municipal Airport Authority (FMAA) met Tuesday and gave approval for the expansion to move into the bidding process.

The expansion, originally slated to begin in 2020, was put on hold amidst the global pandemic. With travel numbers declining dramatically, the airport authority made the decision to pause the project until the need for the additional space was once again a necessity.

“The goal was to allow passenger traffic to return to 2017 numbers before we would consider moving forward with the expansion.”, Rob Ratkowski, Glacier Park International Airport Director, said. “We have been watching the numbers almost daily, and passenger counts have stabilized very close to 2017. GPIA’s recovery has been the best in the state, and we are pleased to be taking the next steps in this project.”

Swank Enterprises and Q&D Construction were awarded the contract to lead the construction in February 2020. Tuesday’s board approval will allow the joint venture to begin the process of accepting bids on sub-contract work.

The majority of the work will focus on passenger terminals, with additional back-of-house improvements planned for operational areas such as TSA screening checkpoints and baggage management spaces. The expansion will nearly triple the square footage of the existing airport to accommodate the ever-increasing passenger numbers.

Although early work will be underway as soon as April, the passenger experience will remain largely unchanged through the busy summer season. The preliminary work will take place outside in preparation for breaking ground on the basement facilities in late summer or early fall.

Tuesday’s board approval is the first step in delivering an airport plan that prepares GPIA for anticipated passenger growth for decades to come.

ABOUT GLACIER PARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
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 www.iflyglacier.com.

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Notice of public hearing on proposed issuance by FMAA of airport revenue bonds or notes

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON A PROPOSED ISSUANCE BY THE FLATHEAD MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY OF AIRPORT REVENUE BONDS OR NOTES THEREFOR UNDER MONTANA CODE ANNOTATED, TITLE 67, CHAPTER 11, PARTS 1 THROUGH 3, IN ORDER TO FINANCE ONE OR MORE SERIES AIRPORT REVENUE NOTES

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Commissioners of the Flathead Municipal Airport Authority (the “Authority”) will meet on January 12, 2021, at or after 4:00 p.m., at the Glacier Park International Airport (the “Airport”), 4170 US Highway 2 Kalispell, Montana 59901, and hold a public hearing on the issuance by the Authority of one or more series of its taxable or tax-exempt airport revenue notes, bonds, TIFIA loan, or other obligations in one or more series (the “Obligations”) for the purposes of: (i) financing the acquisition, construction and equipping of an approximately 120,000 square foot terminal expansion to the Authority’s Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, Montana (the “Project”); (ii) funding necessary reserves, if any; and (iii) paying costs of issuance of the Obligations.

In order to finance the costs listed above, the Authority proposes to issue and sell the Obligations in the estimated maximum aggregate principal amount not to exceed $70,000,000.  The Obligations will be special, limited obligations of the Authority payable from airport revenues, including passenger facility charges and the limited taxing power of the Authority.  The Obligations are not a general obligation of the Authority and the limited taxing power of the Authority will only be pledged to one or more series of the Obligations if such pledge is determined by the Board of Commissioners of the Authority to be advantageous.  The Obligations shall not be an obligation of the City of Kalispell or Flathead County and the City of Kalispell and Flathead County do not have any obligation (financial or otherwise) with respect to the Obligations.  The taxing power of the City of Kalispell and Flathead County will not be pledged to the repayment of the Obligations.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and emergency actions taken by the Governor of the State of Montana regarding the COVID-19 health pandemic, the Airport Director has determined it is not practical nor prudent to require the public to attend meetings of the Board of Commissioners of the Authority in-person if such persons do not want to do so due to the health pandemic and emergency. Therefore, remote participation at the public hearing will be allowed.

All persons interested may appear and be heard at said time and place or may file a written expression of their views with the Airport Director of the Authority prior to the date of hearing set forth above.  Any further information regarding this notice, the Obligations and the Project may be obtained from the Airport Director at Authority’s offices at the Airport.  Any comments and materials submitted by 12:00 noon on January 12 will be provided to the Authority for their consideration.  The public may also provide comments and participate during the public hearing by dialing 406-272-4852 Conference ID: 883 455 092#.

FLATHEAD MUNICIPAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY