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Glacier Park International Airport expansion will take place at a later date

KALISPELL, Montana. (April 17, 2020) – Glacier Park International Airport (GPIA) announced today that the start of construction for the passenger terminal expansion will be delayed. Travel has diminished significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in response, GPIA is aligning with the needs of air carriers and travelers at this time. 

While delayed, parts of the project are still proceeding, specifically architectural and engineering design. This work will continue throughout the summer. The highly anticipated expansion will create more space and more options for passengers when demand returns.

Rendering of new GPIA Expansion design

“We still feel that this is the right project,” said Rob Ratkowski, Glacier Park International Airport Director. “We’re on track to deliver this much-needed improvement – just at a later date.”

A new start date for the passenger terminal expansion is still to be determined but is likely within the next year, after air travel trends stabilize. GPIA normally sees 500 to 600 passengers per day in April, but current numbers are close to 20. Airport management is monitoring events closely and will watch for a recovery in leisure travel in order to determine when the terminal expansion will begin.

“We’re committed to delivering the passenger terminal expansion when the time is right. We will continue to assess the situation each day,” explains Ratkowski. 


Airline service at Glacier Park International Airport is provided by Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Allegiant Air. Cities with year-round service include Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Seattle. Additional cities with seasonal service include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, LaGuardia, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and Portland. For more information about GPIA, please visit

During COVID-19, travelers are encouraged to check with their airline carrier prior to traveling to ensure they have the most up-to-date information. 


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