Glacier Park International Airport
|Glacier Park International Airport|
|FAA airport diagram|
|IATA: FCA – ICAO: KGPI – FAA LID: GPI
|Owner||Flathead Municipal Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||2,977 ft / 907 m|
|Source: Federal Aviation Administration|
Glacier Park International Airport (IATA: FCA, ICAO: KGPI, FAA LID: GPI) is in Flathead County, Montana, six miles northeast of Kalispell. The airport is owned and operated by the Flathead Municipal Airport Authority, a public agency created by the county in 1974.
The airport's ICAO code was KFCA, and most airlines still use that code for reservations purposes. Most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, but Glacier Park International Airport is GPI to the FAA and FCA to the IATA (which assigned GPI to Guapi Airport in Colombia.
The airport was built in 1942 as Flathead County Airport. Airline flights started around 1950, on Northwest; traffic remained low for years. In 1970 the airport was designated for international traffic and got the current name. In the 1970s and 1980s traffic picked up, as Hughes Airwest (previously Air West), Western Airlines, Delta Airlines (which acquired Western), the original Frontier Airlines and Horizon Air offered new jet service. Past types include the Boeing 727-200, Boeing 737-200, Boeing 757-200, Douglas DC-9-30 and Fokker F28.
Service to Phoenix, Arizona on US Airways (formerly America West Airlines before it merged with US Airways) ended in 2007. West Coast Airlines served the airport in the 1960s with Fairchild F-27s to Spokane, Seattle and Great Falls before this carrier merged with Bonanza Airlines and Pacific Air Lines to form Air West which continued F-27 service from Kalispell. Air West became Hughes Airwest which introduced Douglas DC-9-30s. The original Frontier Airlines operated Boeing 737-200s in the 1970s Kalispell-Missoula-Bozeman-Salt Lake City-Denver-St. Louis. By the 1980s, Frontier continued to operate Boeing 737-200s Kalispell-Billings-Denver. In the 1990s, Horizon Air, a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, flew Fokker F28s to Spokane and Seattle in addition to operating de Havilland DHC-8 "Dash 8"s, Dornier 328s and Fairchild Swearingen Metroliners.
In the year ending January 1, 2007 the airport had 51,925 aircraft operations, average 142 per day: 70% general aviation, 21% air taxi, 8% airline and 1% military. 159 aircraft were then based at this airport: 78% single-engine, 16% multi-engine and 3% jet and 3% helicopter.
All flights at FCA by Delta Airlines and Delta Connection are jets. Delta has Boeing 737-800 weekly summer (?) nonstops to Atlanta and flies Airbus A319s, Airbus A320s and McDonnell Douglas MD-90s nonstop to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Delta Connection flies nonstop to Minneapolis/St. Paul with Embraer 175s. The Delta Connection nonstops to Salt Lake City are daily on Canadair CRJ-200s, CRJ-700s and CRJ-900s.
United Express has summer (?) Canadair CRJ-700 nonstops to Chicago, and nonstop to Denver year round on CRJ-200s and CRJ-700s.
Allegiant Air MD-80s fly nonstop to Las Vegas and Oakland several days a week.
Horizon Air operating as Alaska Airlines flies Bombardier Q400s daily to Seattle.
Glacier International was announced by the FAA as one of the control towers losing funding March 22, 2012  leaving arrivals and departures to pilot control and communication.
Airlines and destinations
Seasonal: Portland (OR) (begins June 9, 2014)
|Allegiant Air||Las Vegas
Seasonal: Los Angeles (begins June 5, 2014), Oakland
|Delta Air Lines||Seasonal: Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|Delta Connection||Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Los Angeles
|2||Salt Lake City, UT||50,000||Delta|
|5||Las Vegas, NV||16,000||Allegiant|
|7||Chicago O’Hare, IL||4,000||United|
- FAA Airport Master Record for GPI ( PDF), effective 2007-12-20
- Glacier Park International Airport, official site
- (PDF), effective April 3, 2014
- FAA Terminal Procedures for GPI, effective April 3, 2014
- Resources for this airport:
- Glacier Jet Center, Fixed Base Operator