SMOKEJUMPER LANDING NOW OPEN!
The Helena Regional Airport is pleased to announce that Smokejumper Landing – the coffee & refreshment bar inside the Security Checkpoint – is now open. Pick up your latte and one of their locally-baked treats while you wait to board your flight!
The Smokejumper Station – a full-service restaurant, will be opening soon. Check back for updates!
SMALL COMMUNITY AIR SERVICE DEVELOPMENT GRANT FUNDRAISING EFFORT
The Helena Regional Airport Authority is excited to ask the community to be part of an air service recruitment effort to provide more flights through the Helena Regional Airport. In order for this effort to be successful it is essential the community supports this new service in the form of a financial guarantee in addition to letters of support. The Airport will apply for a Department of Transportation Small Community Air Service Development Grant in the spring of 2017, which will help provide funds as part of the airline incentive package. In order to secure a grant, community financial support is required, as Federal regulations prohibit airports from using airport generated revenues for airline incentives. This form of recruitment is being used all over Montana and other communities nationwide to expand air service options. The following facts outline this effort:
Additional Air Service Focus: Expanded service to Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA) with focus on a morning departure/night arrival to provide more efficient connectivity, couple with new service to Portland International Airport (PDX), which is currently ranked as Helena’s #2 passenger origination/destination airport, right behind Seattle which is ranked #1.
Targeted Airline: Alaska Airlines
Local Fundraising Goal: $100,000 towards revenue guarantee, $25,000 towards marketing
Anticipated Timeline: Local Fundraising – December 1, 2016 – March 1, 2017
Make Application for DOT Grant – Spring 2017
DOT Grants Awarded – Mid-Summer 2017
Airline Service to Begin – TBD- Likely Not Until 4th Quarter 2017
Donations Process: Pledges for financial support at this time, with payment due within 90 days of the airline service announcement.
Complete Community Recruitment Package To Be Offered:
|Revenue Guarantee (Federal DOT – SCASD Grant)||$500,000
|Local Community Match (Minimum of 20%)||$100,000
|Local Marketing Support||$25,000
|Total Financial Support Package||$625,000|
If you are interested in being part of this community-wide endeavor but need additional information, would like a presentation to your organization, please feel free to contact Jeff Wadekamper, Airport Director, at 406-442-2821 or by email at email@example.com
ADDITIONAL AIR SERVICE INFORMATION:
Grant Pledge Forms can be found HERE. Please return completed forms to the Helena Regional Airport Administration office at 2850 Mercer Lp. Helena, MT 59602
2017 Small Community Air Service Development Grant Presentation can be found HERE
Boyd Group International (Global Air Service Consultant) Presentation on Helena Air Service from their August 2016 market study of Helena Regional Airport can be found HERE
HELENA REGIONAL AIRPORT PUBLIC NOTICE FOR PASSENGER FACILITY CHARGE (PFC) INFORMATION
Information regarding the use of Passenger Facility Charges (PFC’s) as funding mechanisms for Airport projects can be found HERE.
FAA DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS ENTERPRISE (DBE) PARTICIPATION GOAL
In accordance with requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation as set forth in 49 C.F.R. Part 23, as amended, The Helena Regional Airport has submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for an Airport Concessionaire Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Goal of 0% for Federal Fiscal Year 2016-2018. The Helena Regional Airport expects to meet the ACDBE goal for car rental concessions through race neutral means.
Documents in support of this goal are available for public examination at the Helena Regional Airport, 2850 Mercer Loop, Helena, MT during regular business hours in the Airport Administration Office until March 31. Comments will be accepted until April 30.
Please send comments or inquiries by mail to the Helena Regional Airport, 2850 Mercer Loop, Helena, MT 59602; or via email .
INTERSTATE 15 CONSTRUCTION PROJECT – EXIT 193
A major highway construction project is underway on Interstate 15 near the exits to the Helena Regional Airport. Please allow for traffic delays when traveling to the Helena Regional Airport. Click HERE for updated exit ramp closure information.
Montana driver licenses do not meet the federal “REAL ID” standards. However, domestic travelers will not be required to meet those standards until January, 2018. For updated information on the REAL ID, visit TSA’s website.