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Billings Logan International finished the year as the busiest airport in Montana once again, though the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport was close on its heels.

Billings Logan International finished the year with two strong months. It finished with more than 440,000 passengers embarking on journeys through its gates. The Bozeman airport saw more than 433,000 passengers board planes in 2012. That figure was well ahead of Missoula’s airport, the next busiest with more than 300,000 passenger boardings, according to the state Department of Transportation.

It was a record-setting year for both the Billings and Bozeman airports. Billings’ airport total passenger count broke the record set in 2007 by nearly 2 percent, according to an airport press release. The Bozeman airport saw its third consecutive year of record passenger numbers, beating the record set in 2011 by nearly 9 percent, according to an airport press release.

It’s possible that the Bozeman airport will overtake the Billings airport as Montana’s busiest, in terms of enplanements, in 2013. Frontier Airlines stopped service to Billings Jan. 22. Bozeman is now the only Montana airport where the airline operates.

Bozeman airport director Brian Sprenger expects United’s flight to the New York area to expand to two days per week this summer, and for service to Portland to resume, he wrote in an email. After three consecutive years of record growth, Sprenger expects growth at the airport in 2013 to be minimal compared to 2012.

“In the airline industry, the one thing we can count on is change,” he wrote. “What we cannot predict is how and when that will occur… we are hopeful that the positives will outweigh the negatives.”

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