Flathead Municipal Airport Authority to submit passenger facility charge application

The Flathead Municipal Airport Authority (FMAA) intends to file an application with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to impose and use Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) under §14 CFR Part 158.30. The FMAA seeks authority for to collect approximately $49.85 million in PFC revenue, with a proposed PFC level of collection of $4.50 per eligible enplaned passenger. This application will not change the current $4.50 PFC collection amount. The PFC funds will be used for the following projects at the Glacier Park International Airport (GPIA), each of which will have a $4.50 PFC collection amount:

  1. Airport terminal modernization and expansion necessary to accommodate the increase of passengers that has resulted from continued growth of commercial service at GPIA. $49.25 million of PFC funds are estimated for this project.
  2. Relocate the terminal leachfield, which is undersized for current operations. This will facilitate expansion to accommodate future growth. $6,152 of PFC funds are estimated for this project to reimburse FMAA for expenditures utilized as matching funds for a portion of FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant 55.
  3. Purchase of an aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicle to increase the safety of the airport by providing the appropriate equipment to service any fires on the airport. $73,722 of PFC funds are estimated for this project to reimburse FMAA for the local match for a portion of AIP grant 55.
  4. Terminal apron expansion of 15,000 square yards to alleviate current overcrowding that limits the flights the airport can accommodate. $381,093 of PFC funds are estimated for this project as the local match for a portion of AIP grant 55.
  5. Terminal expansion and modernization design to enhances the long-term sustainability of the airport by providing additional boarding gates, passenger hold room space, and other spaces to meet long-term capacity requirements. $128,159 of PFC funds are estimated for this project as the local match for AIP grant 56.
  6. PFC application preparation. $14,047 of PFC funds are estimated for this project, which is an allowable cost as part of a PFC application.

The estimated charge effective date for this PFC application is January 1, 2021, and the estimated charge expiration date is August 30, 2048. The FMAA currently has the approval to impose and use approximately $17.5 million of PFC funds, which is estimated to be completed at the same time as the estimated charge effective date of the proposed PFC application.

Additional information on the specific projects for which PFC approval is sought may be obtained by contacting GPIA Airport Director Rob Ratkowski at (406) 257‐5994 x 2004 or via email at rob@glacierairport.com . All comments must be received by June 12, 2020.

TSA Pre-check

Glacier Park International Airport to host TSA Pre✓®

“Pop-up” event is scheduled February 26 to March 2

Online registration is now open

KALISPELL, Mont. (Feb 7, 2018)—For Flathead Valley residents seeking to simplify air travel, Glacier Park International Airport has good news. On February 26, the airport, in partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), will kick off a weeklong TSA PreCheck (TSA Pre✓®) enrollment event. Currently, the nearest permanent enrollment facility in Montana for TSA Pre✓®is more than 400 miles from Kalispell, meaning this event will provide a valuable service to area residents.

TSA Pre✓® allows Trusted Travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt. During peak travel times at Glacier Park International Airport (FCA), passengers can also keep their laptop in its case and keep travel size liquids and gels in their carry-on bag. Travelers who want to enjoy the benefits of TSA Pre✓® on a consistent basis are encouraged to enroll in the program.

“A 2017 study indicates that 97 percent of TSA PreCheck passengers wait less than five minutes in the security line,” says Rob Ratkowski, Airport Director at Glacier Park International Airport. “TSA PreCheck speeds up the screening process and makes the entire travel process more enjoyable. It’s a little like having the fast pass at a theme park.”


Ratkowski says that securing an appointment for the event online, in advance, is recommended. “The online pre-enrollment form takes approximately ten minutes and is a straightforward process,” he explains. Though walk-ins are welcome during the five-day event, applicants who pre-enroll online will receive priority.  “You can schedule a time that is convenient for you, if you apply now,” he emphasizes.


The event will occur Monday, February 26, through Friday, March 2 in the Swift Current room of Glacier Park International Airport’s main terminal. Appointments are available from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day.


To schedule an appointment in advance, visit the TSA Pre✓® enrollment website at www.identogo.com/precheck, click “Apply Now” and select the location, Kalispell, MT. Advance appointments will only be taken online; walk-ins are welcome at the airport during the week of the event. For questions regarding TSA Pre✓® eligibility, the application process, or for media inquiries pertaining to the TSA Pre✓® designation, contact Lorie Dankers, TSA Public Affairs Manager for Montana, at Lorie.Dankers@tsa.dhs.gov.


Important for Applicants

  • At the time of interview, applicants must provide proof of citizenship (valid passport, driver’s license, etc.), and a nonrefundable $85 fee. The fee may be paid by credit card, money order, company check or certified check; cash and personal check will not be accepted as payment.


  • At the conclusion of the interview, applicants are fingerprinted and a background check will be conducted.


  • If an applicant meets all requirements, he or she is assigned a “known traveler number (“KTN”) which, when provided at the time of booking, qualifies passengers for the TSA Pre✓® experience at airport checkpoints nationwide.


  • The TSA Pre✓® designation is valid for five years and will be sent via mail to the approved applicant.


For more information on airport location or terminal directions, please visit www.iflyglacier.com.



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.