The Missoula International Airport also referred to as Johnson-Bell Field, is located in Missoula, Montana, USA. It is an integral part of the western Montana regional airport system as well as it represents an essential component of the transportation infrastructure of the region. The airport and neighboring area provide a fascinating first impression on visitors.
The Missoula County Airport Authority retains the airport. Although the airport is called "international," not a single international flight operates from the airport, flights are carried out within the United States of America. Four airlines serve Missoula International Airport. Airlines operate direct flights to 12 major U.S. airports and with connecting flights to thousands of cities worldwide. Since the territory enables further expansion, the construction at the Missoula Airport is officially underway. The airport's 101-foot control tower was completed in 2012, replacing one that opened several decades ago. The control tower became one of the most prominent control towers in Montana. As for the enlargement of the terminal building, with a new security screening area, it was finalized in 2007.
The Missoula International Airport is also the home to the most extensive aerial fire-fighting depot in the USA, which represents a priceless asset during the hot summer days to prevent wildfires in Montana State.
The Missoula International Airport covers 2,700 acres, and it has two runways. A wide range of facilities includes fuel storage and truck allocating equipment, roadways and parking spots; sewage and security systems; airport maintenance buildings, and many more.
Statistically, in the year ending January 1, 2018, the airport had 35,944 aircraft operations, average 98 per day. The number of passengers in 2019 reached 907,777. The airport continues to experience a considerable increase in passenger statistics. To help accommodate these merging passenger rates, the Airport Authority has launched a bold and long-term expansion program.
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The Missoula International Airport has a captivating history. After the Great Depression, in 1938, President Roosevelt authorized Works Progress Administration funds for planning to construct the Missoula County Airport. When the airport opened in 1941, it took advantage of having the longest runways in the region with a great deal of space for future advancement. In honor of two of Missoula’s most eminent people (an aviator Bob Johnson, and a businessman Harry Bell), the Missoula County Airport was officially designated Johnson-Bell Field on a Memorial Day afternoon in 1968. Today, a bronze plaque representing and honoring their service and contributions can be found in the main terminal at the Missoula International Airport.