Airport announces new flights

Airport director Brian Sprenger announces two new flights to New York City and Boston on JetBlue at a January 16, 2020 press conference.

The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport has added two East Coast nonstop flights to its ever-expanding offerings.

JetBlue in June will begin offering direct flights to New York’s JFK International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport.

“Boston is our number one market currently without nonstop service,” said airport director Brian Sprenger at a Thursday press conference. “We’re very excited.”

Sprenger said the airport had been interested in adding a direct flight to Boston for years. Connections between the Big Sky Ski Resort and Yellowstone Club and ski areas in Boston and New York helped push the flights from idea to reality. The airport already offers a direct flight to New York’s LaGuardia Airport but until now hasn’t offered nonstop service to JFK.

JetBlue added its first flight out of the Bozeman Airport in 2018 to Long Beach, California. Sprenger said he believes the popularity of that flight gave JetBlue some insight to the growth of the Bozeman airport and likely was a factor in establishing the two new flights.

Flights between New York and Bozeman will be several days a week, beginning June 11, and flights between Boston and Bozeman will be Saturdays and Wednesdays, beginning June 13.

Sprenger said the airport’s continued expansion is helping it keep up with consistent growth in flights and passengers. Earlier this week, the airport announced it had hit its all-time passenger record with more than 1.5 million passengers going through the airport in 2019.

With these new flights, the airport will offer up to 25% more seats in the first nine months of 2020 than it did in all of 2019, according to Sprenger. In addition to new flights, four new gates are expected to open as early as July 1.

Melissa Loveridge can be reached at mloveridge@dailychronicle.com or at (406) 582-2651.

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