Billings Logan International Airport

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Billings Logan International Airport
Billings Airport Logo.gif
Airport type Public
Owner City of Billings
Operator Billing Department of Aviation & Transit
Serves Billings, Montana
Hub for Cape Air[1]
Elevation AMSL 3,652 ft / 1,113 m
Coordinates 45°48′28″N 108°32′34″W / 45.80778°N 108.54278°W / 45.80778; -108.54278Coordinates: 45°48′28″N 108°32′34″W / 45.80778°N 108.54278°W / 45.80778; -108.54278
BIL is located in Montana
Location in Montana
Direction Length Surface
ft m
7/25 5,503 1,677 Asphalt
10L/28R 10,521 3,207 Asphalt
10R/28L 3,800 1,158 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft operations 86,557
Based aircraft 167
Passengers 899,302
Sources: FAA[2] and Montana DOT[3]
United Airlines Airbus A320-200
Delta Air Lines Airbus A319-100
Learjet 45

Billings Logan International Airport (IATA: BILICAO: KBILFAA LID: BIL) is two miles northwest of downtown Billings, in Yellowstone County, Montana. It is the largest airport in Montana and is owned by the City of Billings.[2][4] The airport is on top of the Rims, a 500-foot (150 m) cliff overlooking the downtown core.

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015 categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year).[5] Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 422,494 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[6] 397,073 in 2009 and 388,329 in 2010.[7]

Billings Logan International Airport has scheduled non-stop flights to several airline hubs. Billings is a hub for Cape Air[1] which has non-stop flights to Montana cities Glasgow, Glendive, Havre, Sidney and Wolf Point.


The first recorded flight in Billings was in 1912 by a local dentist named Dr. Frank Bell. The flight was in his home-made Curtiss 0-X-5.

The "First" flight was made on Memorial Day 1913, with much publicity, Dr. Bell took off from Billings flying to Park City and back, 40 miles (64 km) round trip. This flight was captured by a local artist named J.K. Ralston in his painting entitled "First Flight," displayed in the airport lobby.

In 1927 The City of Billings approved $5,000 and 400 acres (162 ha) on top of the Rims to build a runway. The 1,820-foot (550 m) runway and small administrative building was built by horse-drawn equipment; the airport opened on May 29, 1928. In 1933 Northwest Airlines was the first airline.

Improvements over the years include runway lights in 1935 to the new 120-foot (37 m) air traffic control tower in 2005. Major terminal expansions were made in 1958, 1972, and 1992. In early 2006 the airport added electronic monitors giving info on arrivals and departures.

The name changed from the Billings Municipal Airport to Billings Logan Field in 1957, after Dick Logan, the airport manager, died. In 1971 the airport became Billings Logan International Airport.[8]

For at least part of each year 1977-1981 Billings saw scheduled Northwest DC-10s EWR-DTW-ORD-BIL-GTF-GEG-SEA and back.

Airport governance[edit]

The Aviation and Transit Board governs BIL, with seven members, each appointed for four-year terms. It is required of the position of a Board Member to possess the qualifications fit for the Mayor’s office. With the consent of the Council, the Mayor elects the Board Members. No Board Member may be reelected once his or her term expires. The purpose of the Aviation and Transit Board is not only to help govern the operations of the Airport, but also to act as a Citizen’s Advisory Board to the City Council. They are to make sure that City Policies are implemented and carried out. Shortcomings are to be reported and recommendations are to be made to the City Council.


The airport covers 2,300 acres (931 ha) at an elevation of 3,652 feet (1,113 m). It has three asphalt runways: 7/25 is 5,503 by 75 feet (1,677 x 23 m); 10L/28R is 10,521 by 150 feet (3,207 x 46 m); 10R/28L is 3,800 by 75 feet (1,158 x 23 m).[2]

In 2011 the airport had 83,267 aircraft operations, average 228 per day: 57% general aviation, 31% air taxi, 11% airline, and 1% military. 167 aircraft were then based at the airport: 55% single-engine, 35% multi-engine, 6% jet, and 4% helicopter.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations Concourse
Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Portland (OR)
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa
Seasonal: Los Angeles
Cape Air Glasgow (MT), Glendive, Havre, Sidney (MT), Wolf Point B
Delta Air Lines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Atlanta (Begins June 21, 2014), Salt Lake City (begins June 6, 2014)
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City A
United Airlines Denver A
United Express Denver
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest Domestic Routes from BIL (February 2013 - January 2014)[9]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Denver, CO 120,000 United
2 Salt Lake City, UT 72,000 Delta
3 Minneapolis/St Paul, MN 70,000 Delta
4 Seattle, WA 44,000 Alaska
5 Phoenix-Mesa, AZ 19,000 Allegiant
5 Las Vegas, NV 19,000 Allegiant
7 Portland, OR 16,000 Alaska
8 Sidney, MT 8,000 Cape Air
9 Chicago, IL (O'Hare) 4,000 United
10 Los Angeles, CA 3,000 Allegiant


Airlines Destinations
FedEx Express Denver, Great Falls, Memphis
UPS Airlines Denver, Louisville, Omaha

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for BIL (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
  3. ^ "State of Montana: Airline Boardings - 2011". Montana Department of Transportation. 2011. 
  4. ^ Billings Airport, MT - Official Website
  5. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ Billings Airport, MT - Official Website - Airport History
  9. ^ RITA | BTS | Transtats

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