As Montanans know, the weather here can be unpredictable, but dozens of GPIA staff members are working diligently to keep the runway areas cleared and up to safety standards in changing conditions.
In addition to extreme conditions that can cause delays, airplanes require deicing. Deicing is is a long process and the deicing process expires in a short period. Each airlines manages their own deicing process, and airlines crews work quickly to deice aircraft- but if timing doesn’t line up quite right, the aircraft might not be able to takeoff even if the airport is open.
All of these factors are part of a complex system that dictates when planes can takeoff and land safety at GPIA.
Safety is the main priority at GPIA. The GPIA team, alongside the airlines that serve GPIA, works hard to keep flights coming and going within the safety limits that are set by the FAA. Every day, dozens of GPIA staff are working hard to meet safety standards and responding to the extreme weather conditions in our beautiful state.
Jennifer Donofiro is the Director of Finance for Glacier Park International Airport. She’ll tell you that means that anything with a dollar sign is part of her job- and it’s clear that she’s dedicated to keeping all those dollar signs in perfect order. Jen started working at GPIA in July 2018.
As Jen actively works towards her Bachelor’s Degree, she also manages the global accounting needs for the airport. That means payables, receivables, payroll, grant management and a bevy of other tasks. “I’m the first person in this new role, and it’s been great to consolidate all the financial aspects of the airport,” Jen says.
Jen knows the valley well and has been working in public accounting in Kalispell and Columbia Falls for well over a decade. Most recently, she spent 8 years working at a CPA firm. She embraces her identity as a “bean-counter,” in her words, and says that some of her favorite hobbies right now are reading and learning. Her school work takes up most of her free time, though she does offer up one curve ball.
“I sing in a rock and roll band on occasion,” Jen says with a small laugh. She knows that perhaps this doesn’t quite sync up with her bean-counter persona. Her scant free time outside of school is spent with her family and friends. Her three kids and grandkids all live in the valley, so Jen is able to spend lots of time with them.
She recommends a serene boat trip out on a lake to visitors, though she hasn’t been able to do that much herself with a full-time job and school on her plate. “I really like that every day is different here,” she says. “This is a great team to be a part of.”
Please note, the mandatory meeting for these positions has passed.
The Flathead Municipal Airport Authority is accepting applications for the following position:
On-Call Seasonal Snow Removal – 30 vacancies
New operators – $15.00/hr.
Returning operators – $16.50/hr.
Under direct supervision of the Director of Maintenance, this short-term, on-call, seasonal position is responsible for performing snow and ice control on the airfield, streets, sidewalks, and parking lots.
- High school diploma or equivalent.
- Current, valid Montana driver’s license
- 3 years’ experience operating heavy equipment or performing snow and ice control.
- Satisfactory driving record (as determined by our insurance company)
- Ability to pass TSA criminal background check and pre-employment drug screen
- Previous airport snow removal experience
How to apply:
There will be a mandatory informational meeting and group interview at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, October 10 at the airport maintenance shop, located at 2525 Trumble Creek Road. You must attend this meeting to be considered for a position.
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.