Tester: Good news for air travel in central Montana

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after the Great Falls International Airport announced that Frontier Airlines will begin offering direct flights between Great Falls and Denver: 

“I congratulate the Great Falls Airport and the community of Great Falls on their efforts to add additional flight options for consumers in central Montana.  More flight options will mean more affordable airline rates and will continue to show that Montana is 'open for business.'"

Frontier will fly between Great Falls and Denver International Airport beginning May 14.

The new connection adds to Montana’s recent success attracting direct flights to major metropolitan regions.  In January, Allegiant Air announced that it will offer direct flights from Kalispell, Bozeman, Missoula, and Billings to Oakland, Calif., connecting Montanans with new opportunities across the San Francisco Bay Area and the West Coast.

Earlier this week, the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport announced a new, non-stop United Airlines flight between Bozeman and New York, beginning this summer.

Tester consistently pushes increased air service as a way to grow Montana’s economy.  In December, he called for more flights to eastern Montana to keep pace with demand in the Bakken oil field.  In November, Tester successfully fought against burdensome new taxes and regulations on general aviation.