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.