Missoula International Airport
|Missoula International Airport
|IATA: MSO – ICAO: KMSO – FAA LID: MSO|
|Owner||Missoula County Airport Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||3,206 ft / 977 m|
|Sources: FAA, Airport, Montana DOT|
Missoula International Airport (IATA: MSO, ICAO: KMSO, FAA LID: MSO) is a public use airport located four nautical miles (5 mi, 7 km) northwest of the central business district of Missoula, a city in Missoula County, Montana, United States. It is owned the Missoula County Airport Authority.
This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport (more than 10,000 enplanements per year). As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 288,071 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 281,428 enplanements in 2009, and 289,875 in 2010.
There are currently several expansion projects planned or underway, including the construction of 150 foot control tower. An expansion of the terminal building, providing a new security screening area, was completed in 2007.
Missoula's first landing strip was laid out in 1923 south of the university. An additional strip near the Western Montana Fair Grounds on what is now Sentinel High School was sold to the county in 1927 at the request of the Missoula chapter of the National Aeronautic Association and would become Missoula's first true airport. The current airfield is named after that chapter's first president, Harry O. Bell along with mountain flying pioneer Bob Johnson of Johnson Flying Service (now Minuteman Aviation). The original Garden City Airport was renamed Hale Field in 1935 and would operate as such until closing forever in 1954. The airport was gradually replaced by the Missoula County Airport opened in 1941 with WPA funds and the cooperation of the US Forest Service who needed access to an airport. The new airport was renamed Johnson-Bell Field in 1968 and today serves nearly 600,000 passengers a year.
Facilities and aircraft 
Missoula International Airport covers an area of 2,700 acres (1,093 ha) at an elevation of 3,206 feet (977 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 11/29 is 9,501 by 150 feet (2,896 x 46 m) and 7/25 is 4,612 by 75 feet (1,406 x 23 m).
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2011, the airport had 36,688 aircraft operations, an average of 100 per day: 60% general aviation, 27% air taxi, 11% scheduled commercial, and 2% military. At that time there were 145 aircraft based at this airport: 60% single-engine, 15% multi-engine, 14% jet, and 11% helicopter.
The airport is currently building a new 150 foot tall control tower that will be replacing the old control tower, that had served the airport since 1961. The new control tower will be one of the tallest control towers in the Pacific Northwest once completed, and the tallest in Montana. The price tag of the new tower is an estimated 6.77 million dollars.
Airlines and destinations 
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:
|Alaska Airlines operated by Horizon Air||Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Portland (OR)
|Allegiant Air||Las Vegas, Oakland, Phoenix/Mesa
Seasonal: Los Angeles (resumes June 5, 2013)
|Delta Air Lines||Seasonal: Atlanta (begins June 22, 2013), Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|Delta Connection operated by Compass Airlines||Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City|
|Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines||Salt Lake City|
|United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines||Denver
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, San Francisco
Top destinations 
|1||Salt Lake City, UT||64,430||Delta|
|6||Los Angeles, CA||17,750||Allegiant|
|7||Las Vegas, NV||15,790||Allegiant|
|9||San Francisco, CA||6,230||United|
|10||Chicago O’Hare, IL||5,700||United|
See also 
- FAA Airport Master Record for MSO ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective April 5, 2012.
- Record-breaking Passenger numbers for MSO: 2011 Totals reflect a 1% Increase over 2010 (January 9, 2012)
- State of Montana Air Carrier/Commuter Flights and Passengers Statistics
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- "Airport History". Flymissoula.com. 2008-08-27. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
- Briggeman, Kim (July 27, 2010). "Tower to rise: Missoula airport to get modern control center". The Missoulian.
- Delta adds new nonstop Missoula to Atlanta flight | KBZK.com | Z7 | Bozeman, Montana
- RITA | BTS | Transtats
- Missoula International Airport, official website
- (PDF), effective May 2, 2013
- FAA Terminal Procedures for MSO, effective May 2, 2013
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