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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.