This article has been extracted from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, author Jason Bacaj.
Bozeman Yellowstone Airport set for busiest summer yet
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is following up its first year as the busiest airport in Montana with what is being described as its busiest summer season yet.
About 500,000 people are expected to pass through the terminal outside Belgrade from May until September, said Brian Sprenger, airport director.
The bulk of departing passengers are expected to leave between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., as tweaks to different flight schedules and plane sizes have resulted in almost 800 seats scheduled to leave every morning in that half-hour span.
“It’s not a sleepy little airport by any means,” Sprenger said.
Sprenger recommended that people flying out at those times get to the airport 1 1/2 to 2 hours before takeoff to ensure all passengers make their flights.
Work building the new Interstate 90 interchange at Belgrade is going to change traffic patterns during the summer. Sprenger said the different traffic patterns “may surprise people,” which is another reason to give yourself extra time to get to the airport for an early morning flight.
“There are times in the year when you can certainly sleep in and make it to the airport an hour before departure and be fine, but that won’t be the case this summer,” Sprenger said. “We ask for everybody’s patience as we go through this process. This summer will be more difficult because of it, but we anticipate that all of it should be pretty much finished this year.”