airport expansion

An artist rendering of the expansion project of the concourse at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport

Construction is set to begin next month to expand the concourse at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, officials said in a release last week.

The Gallatin Airport Authority Board approved adding 70,000-square feet to the concourse that will add four new gates.

The board approved an expansion plan a decade ago to accommodate 1.5 million passengers. Airport officials expect to hit the 1.5 million passenger mark sometime this year. The milestone triggered the next phase of the expansion.

“We are pleased that the airport has operated and expanded for over 30 years without local or state taxes and this project will continue that practice,” airport director Brian Sprenger said in a release.

The $27 million project will headed by local engineering firm Morrison Maierle, Comma Q Architects, the national firm Reynolds Smith and Hills and general contractor Martel Construction.

Along with more gates, the project will also include a third food and beverage location inside security, additional retail options and include space for future expanded outbound baggage handling.

Funded will be through a combination of Airport Improvement Program grants, which originate through airline ticket taxes, and the authority’s capital improvement fund.

Construction officials expect the expansion will spur more than 500 direct and indirect jobs in the area during the construction. The project is estimated to be complete by 2020.

“The latest expansion will continue to support the already amazing growth we have seen in passenger numbers and better accommodate the flying public that we serve,” Board Chairman, Carl Lehrkind, IV, said. “This expansion, much like the previous ones, will maintain the style and décor of previous expansions welcoming friends, family, and visitors to our amazing community.”