Missoula International Airport
The Missoula International Airport — MSO — is a 2,700-acre commercial airport that serves a catchment area that exceeds 200 miles. 2011 was another record-breaking year when more than 582,000 passengers passed through the terminal.
Four airlines — Alaska, Allegiant, Delta and United — offer service to 11 nonstop destinations:
|Las Vegas||Portland, Ore.*|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul||San Francisco*|
|Oakland, Calif.||Los Angeles|
|Salt Lake City||Phoenix-Mesa|
Three air cargo services (DHL, FedEx and UPS) and two fixed-base operators (MinuteMan and Northstar Jet) have operations at the Western Montana facility.
In addition, the airport is home to a large general aviation population, the largest aerial firefighting depot in the U.S., Smokejumpers, USDA Forest Service, Homestead Helicopters, Aerotronics, NOAA, the Museum of Mountain Flying and Neptune Aviation.
The airport is governed by the Missoula County Airport Authority, a nine-member nonpartisan board. More than $15.7 million dollars in projects will completed during 2011-2012. The airport receives zero local tax dollars — all projects are paid for by federal tax dollars, Passenger Facility Charges and airport reserves, or a combination thereof. A new 101-foot Air Traffic Control Tower, with state-of-the-art technology, will be operational in September 2012. Runway 11/29 is the airport’s primary commercial service runway (150 feet wide x 9,501 feet long, asphalt), and crosswind Runway 07/25 (75 feet wide x 4,612 feet long, asphalt) is for general aviation.
The airport is conveniently located at 5225 Highway 10 West in northwest Missoula. Close to the busy shopping areas on Reserve Street and just minutes from The University of Montana campus, the airport is just 10 minutes from the heart of downtown Missoula.
Airport services include a Visitors Information Center, a post-security Business Center, free wireless throughout the terminal, pre-security full-service restaurant with full-service bar, catering services, post-security coffee shop, post-security bar, parking facilities (fast credit card, short term, long term, and cell phone waiting), travel agency, real estate agency and two Montana-themed gift shops. Ground transportation includes a public bus line, taxis, shuttle service and nine rental car agencies.
MSO’s aviation service providers include:
- Aerotronics of Missoula
Aerotronics represents leading aviation manufacturers including Bendix/King-Honeywell, BF Goodrich, Garmin, Bose, UPSAT, Trimble, Magellan, STEC/Meggitt, Flight Com, David Clark, Shadin, Insight, Light Speed, Vision Micro Systems, Century and Narco. Aerotronics is located on the east side of the airport near the approach end of Runway 25.
- Homestead Helicopters
Incorporated in 1996, Homestead operates a fleet for charter, external load / utility, survey and patrol, photography and film, sightseeing, firefighting, advanced natural resource helicopter flight training, advanced mountain flying training and long-line external load training. Aircraft include Bell 206BIII JetRanger (five seat) helicopters and Bell 206L4 LongRanger Turbine Engine (seven seat) helicopters.
- Minuteman Jet Center
Fuel: Avgas 100LL, Jet A, Jet A w/additive
Services: Minuteman is an Exxon Mobil Avitat fuel provider, open 24 hours a day / 365 days a year. Minuteman is located on the north side of the airport, west of the Missoula air traffic control tower. It is accessible via the terminal ramp or taxiway Golf. Minuteman offers tie-downs and heated hangers capable of accommodating aircraft up to a Gulfstream 4 or a Canadair Regional Jet. Services beyond fuel include oxygen servicing, aircraft deicing, flight training, aircraft rental and maintenance.
- Northstar Jet
Fuel: AV100LL, Jet A, Jet A w/ additive
Northstar is a Phillips 66 fuel provider, open 24 hours a day / 365 days a year with on-call maintenance. It’s located on the east side of the airport just off the approach end of Runway 25, and also is accessible from taxiways Alpha and Delta. Northstar provides ample ramp space for tie-downs, as well as 65,000 square feet of heated hanger space capable of accommodating a B-737. Additional services include oxygen service, aircraft deicing, flight training, aircraft rental and maintenance.