Missoula International Airport

A $5.3 million infrastructure project planned at Missoula International Airport is expected to help several businesses expand or locate to the area, bringing an estimated 50 new jobs to the community in the next five years.

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The Missoula International Airport has received $1.3 million in federal funding to construct a new taxiway, according to airport director Cris Jensen. The money comes from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program.

“This grant will be used to develop a general aviation area that will help bring new business to the airport and, of course, new jobs to Missoula,” Jensen explained. “So this is not just exciting news for us here at Missoula International, but for the community as a whole.”

Senator Jon Tester, a member of the Appropriations Committee that recently reauthorized the FAA, released a statement lauding the funding.

“Not only will the residents of Missoula profit from these infrastructure investments but Montana’s economy will also benefit from our increased capacity to transport visitors both inside and outside the state,” Tester said. “The Missoula International Airport is a critical economic driver for the region and this funding will help support commerce and tourism to western Montana.”

The airport is also looking at hiring a consulting firm to begin planning a $42 million terminal improvement in the next few years to handle increased growth in passengers.

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