The Event:                  Helena Regional Airport TSA Pre✓® Local Enrollment Event

Date:                           June 1-5, 8-12, 2020 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location:                     Second Floor of the Terminal Building

TSA Pre✓® is an expedited screening program that enables identified low-risk air travelers to enjoy a smart and more efficient screening experience. For TSA Pre✓® travelers, there is no need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, light outerwear or belts. Today, TSA Pre✓® has more than 450 lanes at 200+ U.S. airports.

To participate in this local enrollment event, follow these steps to pre-enroll

  1. Go to to access the application page
  2. Click “Start Application Now”, then click “New Enrollment”
  3. Fill out Steps and choose “Next” at the bottom of each screen
  4. Type in your location at Zip code/City/Airport Code box – search
  5. Choose location “Pop Up: HLN, 06/1-12/6” and click “Next”
  6. Select your desired appointment time (Please be sure to make note of your appointment time, no reminders will be sent out)

IMPORTANT! To complete the application process, you will need to bring proof of identity and U.S. citizen documentation (such as a U.S. Passport or a birth certificate and a driver license). If you have a valid U.S. passport, that is all you need for ID!

The application process is completed on site where we capture fingerprints for a background check and collect the $85 application for five years of service.  The fee can be paid by credit card, money order, company check, or certified/cashier’s check. Cash and personal checks are not accepted.

Enroll in TSA Pre✔® today and begin to enjoy the expedited security screening program that helps take the stress out of travel.


October 1, 2021 will be here before you know it! Montana driver licenses do not meet the federal “REAL ID” standards.  However, domestic travelers will not be required to meet those standards until October 1, 2021. Domestic travelers must have a new Montana REAL ID driver’s license or a passport for all air travel after the October 1, 2021 deadline. Don’t wait until the last minute, set up your account and online appointment at the DMV website, today. For updated information on the REAL ID, visit TSA’s website or

Make sure you have all the proper documentation before your appointment, here.



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



In recent months, Airport Officials along with a number of Helena community have visited with 10 different airlines to explore possible air service additions to serve Helena. Air service development if an ongoing process and the airport communicates with airlines on a regular basis to maintain contact and update airlines on possible opportunities at the Helena Airport.

In order for a small community to gain additional service in today’s airline industry, some basic elements must be considered:

  • Affordable Cost to Operate  – Operating a commercial airport in today’s myriad of regulatory and operational requirements is costly. Helena Regional Airport has diversified its revenue sources to include a number of non-aeronautical revenue sources. This is critical to ensure that the costs the airlines pay to use the airport fits their business model. Like it or not, the airlines are for-profit businesses. The cost per passenger at the Helena Airport is under the national industry average and the second lowest of the commercial airports in Montana.
  • Sustainable Market – Helena’s central location is well suited to serving a large amount of the state, however, Helena is surrounded by larger communities that provide larger markets, so the competition among airports is a factor you cannot ignore. While it is an asset to be the State capital, there are 4 other state capitals with airports that have NO air service.
  •  Revenue Guarantees and Incentives – Airlines are placing the burden to mitigate the risk of entering new markets on the airport and their communities. Many communities around the country including many in Montana have been required to provide revenue guarantees over $1 Million to ensure new service is financially successful during the startup phase. One crucial fact about providing revenue guarantees is that the Airport itself legally cannot provide these funds due to federal regulations. These funds must be provided by other entities such as the community businesses and other users, so many communities have conducted fundraising campaigns to secure these financial incentive packages. Helena has done this in the past and plans to do so again once an airline commits to interest in a new route.
  • Capacity and Efficiency –  Airlines cannot operate unless the airport facility is suited to meet their needs. This includes terminal facilities, jet bridges for boarding, and airfield infrastructure such as runways, taxiways, air traffic control, navigational aids, fire protection, snow removal, etc… Helena is fortunate to have spent considerable time and money to ensure that the facility can meet their requirements. The current terminal expansion project will ensure that  adequate capacity exists to continue growing Helena’s air service opportunities. In the last 6 years passenger traffic at the Helena Regional Airport has grown 23%.

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