Announcements

UNITED AIRLINES STARTS OPERATIONS WITH EMBRAER 175

United Airlines, operating daily scheduled flights to Denver, will begin operating a larger Embraer 175 on this route starting September 1, 2017. This upgrade from a 50 seat Regional Jet to a 76 seat jet will not only add capacity, but will add many amenities as well. The upgraded E175 provides a more spacious passenger cabin area and also has dual classes, First Class and Economy, where the older regional jets only offered economy.

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR UPDATED PASSENGER FACILITY CHARGE (PFC) APPLICATION

Documentation regarding the updated amendments for the Helena Regional Airport’s PFC application can be found HERE.

 

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 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 – Fall of 2017

Airline Service to Begin – TBD-  Likely Not Until 1st Quarter 2018

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 jwadekamper@helenaairport.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

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 .

Helena Airport DBE Goal Methodology Concurrence Letter.

Helena Airport FY16-18 DBE Goal Methodology.

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.

REAL ID

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 or https://dojmt.gov/driving/mvd-faqs/