Glacier Park International Airport

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Glacier Park International Airport
Glacier Park International Airport Logo.svg
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IATA: FCAICAO: KGPIFAA LID: GPI
FCA is located in Montana
FCA
Location of the Montana
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerFlathead Municipal Airport Authority
ServesKalispell, Montana
Elevation AMSL2,977 ft / 907 m
Coordinates48°18′38″N 114°15′22″W / 48.31056°N 114.25611°W / 48.31056; -114.25611
Websitewww.GlacierAirport.com
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
2/209,0062,745Asphalt
12/303,5041,068Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations51,925
Based aircraft159
Passengers (2011)355,928
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]
 
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Glacier Park International Airport
Glacier Park International Airport Logo.svg
FCA airport map.gif
FAA airport diagram
IATA: FCAICAO: KGPIFAA LID: GPI
FCA is located in Montana
FCA
Location of the Montana
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerFlathead Municipal Airport Authority
ServesKalispell, Montana
Elevation AMSL2,977 ft / 907 m
Coordinates48°18′38″N 114°15′22″W / 48.31056°N 114.25611°W / 48.31056; -114.25611
Websitewww.GlacierAirport.com
Runways
DirectionLengthSurface
ftm
2/209,0062,745Asphalt
12/303,5041,068Asphalt
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations51,925
Based aircraft159
Passengers (2011)355,928
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Glacier Park International Airport (IATA: FCAICAO: KGPIFAA LID: GPI) is a public airport serving Flathead County, Montana, in the United States. It located six miles (10 km) northeast of the central business district of Kalispell[1] and also serves the towns of Evergreen, Columbia Falls, and Whitefish as well as Glacier National Park. The airport is owned and operated by the Flathead Municipal Airport Authority, an independent public agency created by Flathead County in 1974.

The airport's former ICAO code was KFCA, and most air carriers still use that code for reservations purposes. Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Glacier Park International Airport is assigned GPI by the FAA and FCA by the IATA[2] (which assigned GPI to Guapi Airport in Guapi, Colombia[3]).

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History

The airport was originally built in 1942 under the name Flathead County Airport. For many years, passenger traffic remained fairly low. In 1970, the airport was designated for international traffic and the current name was adopted. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, traffic picked up substantially, as Hughes Airwest (which previously operated as Air West), Western Airlines, Delta Airlines (which acquired Western), the original Frontier Airlines and Horizon Air offered new jet service. Past jet aircraft types operated from FCA include the Boeing 727-200, Boeing 737-200, Boeing 757-200, Douglas DC-9-30 and Fokker F28.

The terminal was upgraded in 1981, and further major upgrades to the terminal, runways and other facilities occurred throughout the 1990s. Between 1974 and 1998, the passenger traffic increased more than fivefold. [1]

Service to Phoenix, Arizona which was provided by US Airways (formerly America West Airlines before this airline merged with US Airways) was suspended in 2007. West Coast Airlines served the airport during the 1960s with Fairchild F-27 propjet flights to Spokane, Seattle and Great Falls before this carrier merged with Bonanza Airlines and Pacific Air Lines to form Air West which then continued to operate F-27 service from Kalispell. Air West subsequently became Hughes Airwest which then introduced Douglas DC-9-30 jetliner flights. The original Frontier Airlines operated Boeing 737-200 jetliner service in the 1970s with a routing of Kalispell-Missoula-Bozeman-Salt Lake City-Denver-St. Louis. By the 1980s, Frontier continued to operate Boeing 737-200 jet service from the airport with a routing of Kalispell-Billings-Denver. In the 1990s, Horizon Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, flew Fokker F28 jet service to Spokane and Seattle in addition to operating de Havilland DHC-8 "Dash 8", Dornier 328 and Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner turboprop flights from the airport.

Facilities and aircraft

Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) covers an area of 1,505 acres (609 ha) which contains two asphalt paved runways: 2/20 measuring 9,006 x 150 ft (2,745 x 46 m) and 12/30 measuring 3,504 x 75 ft (1,068 x 23 m).[1]

For the 12-month period ending January 1, 2007, the airport had 51,925 aircraft operations, an average of 142 per day: 70% general aviation, 21% air taxi, 8% scheduled commercial and 1% military. At that time there were 159 aircraft based at this airport: 78% single-engine, 16% multi-engine and 3% jet and 3% helicopter.[1]

All flights currently offered from FCA by Delta Airlines and Delta Connection feature jet service. On a seasonal basis, Delta operates Boeing 737-800 jetliners with weekly nonstop service to Atlanta and also on a seasonal basis flies a number of services every day of the week nonstop to Minneapolis/St. Paul operated with a mix of Airbus A319, Airbus A320 and McDonnell Douglas MD-90 jetliners. In addition, Delta Connection flies nonstop to Minneapolis/St. Paul with Embraer 175 regional jet aircraft. The Delta Connection nonstop flights to Salt Lake City are operated daily with a mix of Canadair CRJ-200, CRJ-700 and CRJ-900 regional jet aircraft.

United Express provides regional jet service nonstop to Chicago on a seasonal basis with Canadair CRJ-700 aircraft and also nonstop to Denver year round with a mix of Canadair CRJ-200 and CRJ-700 aircraft.

Allegiant Air flies nonstop to Las Vegas and Oakland several days a week with McDonnell Douglas MD-80 jetliners.

Horizon Air operating as Alaska Airlines flies Bombardier Q400 high speed turboprops daily to Seattle.

Glacier International was announced by the FAA as one of the control towers losing funding March 22, 2012 [2] leaving arrivals and departures to pilot control and communication.

Airlines and destinations

AirlinesDestinations
Alaska Airlines operated by Horizon AirSeattle/Tacoma
Allegiant AirLas Vegas, Oakland [4]
Delta Air LinesSeasonal: Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Delta Connection operated by Compass AirlinesMinneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Salt Lake City
Delta Connection operated by SkyWest AirlinesSalt Lake City
United Express operated by SkyWest AirlinesDenver
Seasonal: Chicago-O'Hare

Top Destinations

Top ten busiest domestic routes out of FCA
(August 2011 - July 2012)[5]
RankCityPassengersCarriers
1Utah Salt Lake City, UT50,000Delta
2Washington (state) Seattle, WA47,000Alaska
3Minnesota Minneapolis, MN34,000Delta
4Colorado Denver, CO27,000United
5Nevada Las Vegas, NV15,000Allegiant
6Illinois Chicago O’Hare, IL5,000United
7California Oakland, CA4,000Allegiant
8Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, GA2,000Delta
9Idaho Boise, ID<1,000
10Arizona Bullhead City, AZ<1,000

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for GPI (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2007-12-20
  2. ^ Great Circle Mapper: FCA / KGPI - Kalispell, Montana (Glacier Park International Airport)
  3. ^ Great Circle Mapper: GPI / SKGP - Guapi, Colombia
  4. ^ Mutzabaugh, Ben (January 24, 2012). "Allegiant Air tabs Oakland focus city for seven new routes". USA Today. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.transtats.bts.gov/airports.asp?pn=1&Airport=FCA&Airport_Name=Kalispell,%20MT:%20Glacier%20Park%20International&carrier=FACTS

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