Air service at Glacier Park International Airport continues to expand. American Airlines announced a direct flight to LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in Queens, New York. Additionally, seasonal American flights to Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Chicago (ORD) will switch to larger aircraft.
“The GPIA team is excited to welcome this new service next summer,” said Rob Ratkowski, director of the Glacier Park International Airport. “We appreciate these expanded opportunities to make a great first and last impression on new visitors to the Flathead Valley.”
Flights to LGA will be weekly on Saturday, with seasonal service set to begin on June 6, 2020. Seats will go on sale September 1, 2019 at www.aa.com.
“National parks are a huge attraction for many families,” said Vasu Raja, Vice President of Network and Schedule Planning for American Airlines. “As soon as school’s out next year, our customers will have more than 145 weekly flights to Montana to choose from.”
Now served by planes with 76 seats, DFW and ORD service is increasing passenger capacity by nearly 50% by switching to 160-seat planes. American says they have expanded services based on the success of this year’s new service to Glacier National Park Airport.
“Demand is clear for more flights and more seats,” said Ratkowski. “It’s our responsibility to meet the demands and we’re working towards an improved passenger terminal every day.”
Glacier Park International has seen a 33 percent increase in passenger volumes since 2014. Looking ahead, Glacier Park International Airport is planning to add 40,000 square feet to the existing terminal, expanding the ticketing, baggage and waiting areas while also adding additional gates to better accommodate increased passenger volumes.