Missoula International Airport

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Missoula International Airport
Johnson-Bell Field
Missoula Airport.gif
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
MSO is located in Montana
Location of airport in Montana / United States
MSO is located in the US
MSO (the US)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 9,501 2,896 Asphalt
7/25 4,612 1,406 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft operations 35,432
Based aircraft 150
Passengers (2017) 772.625
Sources: FAA,[1] Airport,[2] Montana DOT[3][4][5]
Missoula airport terminal building
A United Express CRJ200 arriving from San Francisco
Missoula airport terminal building

Missoula International Airport (IATA: MSO, ICAO: KMSO, FAA 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 2012. An expansion of the terminal building, with 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 over 750,000 passengers a year.[9]


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]

Alaska Airlines Portland (OR), Seattle/Tacoma
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa
Seasonal: Oakland, Los Angeles
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth[11]
Seasonal: Chicago-O’Hare[11]
Delta Air Lines Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Atlanta
Delta Connection Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Los Angeles
Frontier Airlines Seasonal: Denver
United Airlines Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Denver
United Express Denver
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Los Angeles,[12] San Francisco

Neptune Aviation, an aerial firefighting company, is based from the airport.


Top destinations[edit]

Top ten busiest domestic routes out of MSO
(Oct 2016 - Sept 2017)
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Denver, CO 87,000 Frontier, United
2 Seattle, WA 84,000 Alaska
3 Salt Lake City, UT 74,000 Delta
4 Minneapolis/St Paul, MN 64,000 Delta
5 Portland (OR) 20,000 Alaska
6 Phoenix-Mesa, AZ 17,000 Allegiant
7 Las Vegas, NV 15,000 Allegiant
8 Los Angeles, CA 12,000 Delta, United, Allegiant
9 Chicago O'Hare, IL 7,000 United
10 Oakland, CA 4,000 Allegiant

See also[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) Archived May 15, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Sources: Air Traffic Activity System (ATADS)
  5. ^ AirNav[2]
  6. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF, 2.03 MB) on September 27, 2012.  External link in |work= (help)
  7. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.  External link in |work= (help)
  8. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  9. ^ "Airport Studies and Research". Montana.gov. Retrieved September 28, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Briggeman, Kim (July 27, 2010). "Tower to rise: Missoula airport to get modern control center". The Missoulian. 
  11. ^ a b "American Airlines plans additional domestic routes in S18". RoutesOnline. December 17, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2017. 
  12. ^ "United continues domestic routes expansion in 2018". RoutesOnline. November 20, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2017. 
  13. ^ RITA | BTS | Transtats

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