United Airlines’ direct daily service to LAX takes flight June 7

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.

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.

 

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.