Missoula International Airport

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Missoula International Airport
Johnson-Bell Field
Missoula Airport.gif
IATA: MSOICAO: KMSOFAA LID: MSO
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Missoula County Airport Authority
Serves Missoula, Montana
Elevation AMSL 3,206 ft / 977 m
Coordinates 46°54′59″N 114°05′26″W / 46.91639°N 114.09056°W / 46.91639; -114.09056Coordinates: 46°54′59″N 114°05′26″W / 46.91639°N 114.09056°W / 46.91639; -114.09056
Website FlyMissoula.com
Map
MSO is located in Montana
MSO
MSO
Location in Montana
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 9,501 2,896 Asphalt
7/25 4,612 1,406 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Aircraft operations 35,432
Based aircraft 150
Passengers (2013) 594,057
Sources: FAA,[1] Airport,[2] Montana DOT[3][4][5]
Missoula airport terminal building
United Express CRJ200 at Missoula airport
United Express CRJ200 at Missoula airport
Missoula airport terminal building

Missoula International Airport (IATA: MSOICAO: KMSOFAA LID: MSO) is five miles northwest of Missoula, in Missoula County, Montana. It is owned by the Missoula County Airport Authority.[1]

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).[6] Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 288,071 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[7] 281,428 in 2009 and 289,875 in 2010.[8]

Several expansion projects are planned or underway. The recently constructed 101-foot control tower was completed in September of 2012. An expansion of the terminal building, with a new security screening area, was completed in 2007.

History[edit]

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.[9]

Facilities[edit]

The airport covers 2,700 acres (1,093 ha) at an elevation of 3,206 feet (977 m). It has two asphalt 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).[1]

In 2011 the airport had 36,688 aircraft operations, average 100 per day: 60% general aviation, 27% air taxi, 11% airline, and 2% military. 145 aircraft were then based at the airport: 60% single-engine, 15% multi-engine, 14% jet, and 11% helicopter.[1]

The airport recently constructed a new 101-foot tall control tower, replacing one that opened in 1961.[10] The new control tower is one of the tallest control towers in the Pacific Northwest, and is the tallest in Montana. The price tag is an estimated 6.77 million dollars.[10]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
Alaska Airlines operated by Horizon Air Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Portland (OR)
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa
Seasonal: Los Angeles, Oakland
Delta Air Lines Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City (begins September 2, 2014)
Seasonal: Atlanta
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Los Angeles
Frontier Airlines Denver
United Express Denver
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare, San Francisco

Top destinations[edit]

Top ten busiest domestic routes out of MSO
(Aug 2013 – July 2014)[11]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Seattle, WA 68,000 Alaska
2 Denver, CO 63,000 United
3 Salt Lake City, UT 62,000 Delta
4 Minneapolis/St Paul, MN 54,000 Delta
5 Phoenix-Mesa, AZ 18,000 Allegiant
6 Las Vegas, NV 16,000 Allegiant
7 Portland (OR) 8,000 United
8 Chicago O'Hare, IL 5,000 United
8 Los Angeles, CA 5,000 Allegiant, Delta
10 Oakland, CA 4,000 Allegiant

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for MSO (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective June 7, 2014.
  2. ^ Record-breaking Passenger numbers for MSO: 2011 Totals reflect a 1% Increase over 2010 (January 9, 2012)
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Sources: Air Traffic Activity System (ATADS)
  5. ^ AirNav[2]
  6. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Airport History". Flymissoula.com. August 27, 2008. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Briggeman, Kim (July 27, 2010). "Tower to rise: Missoula airport to get modern control center". The Missoulian. 
  11. ^ RITA | BTS | Transtats

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