As for Helena Regional Airport's standard information, it is located two miles northeast of Helena, Clark and Lewis County, Montana, the United States. This airport is a public one and serves everyone who needs their service. The owner of this airport is the Helena Regional Airport Authority.
As this airport had more than 10,000 enplanements per year, The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems categorized it as a primary commercial service airport for their 2011-2015 performance. The Federal Aviation Administration has records of each airport according to years. In the calendar year 2008, this airport had 85,649 enplanements, while in 2009, the number was 88,314, and in 2010, 98,193 boardings occurred.
With regard to the airlines, there are three there, Alaska Airlines, Delta Connection, and United Express. Their destinations differ, as Alaska Airlines serves Seattle and Tacoma, while Delta Connection serves Minneapolis and Salt Lake City, and United Express operates for Denver.
The Capacity and Business Activity of the Airport
As for the territory of this airport, it is 1,224 acres, which is 495 ha, respectively. This is at an elevation of 3,877 feet (1,182 m). There are three asphalt runways: 16/34 is 2,989 by 75 feet (911 x 23 m) , 9/27 is 9,000 by 150 feet (2,743 x 46 m), and 5/23 is 4,644 by 75 feet (1,415 x 23 m).
As for the aircraft operations, in the calendar year 2013, there were 38,877 operations. The average number of them was 106 per day. The percentages were: 4% airline, 14% air taxi, 14% military, and 68% general aviation. With regard to the aircraft which were based at the airport, the total number was 137. Percentages were divided like this: 5% military, 2% ultralight, 3% helicopter, 2% jet, 14% multi-engine, 74% single-engine.
History and Present-day Operations
As for the original airport, it was located on land, which is now occupied by the Bill Robert Golf Course. The first owners of this airport were Ed Follensby, Al Stewart, and Fred Sheriff. Charles Lindbergh, who was a famous aviator, landed in Helena on September 6, 1927. However, this airport was officially opened in July of 1928. Fred Sheriff was the person who had a big impact on airport development, and he also was the Helena Airport Board member. He later became a director of National Park Airways, which started operating there in 1928. It was operating there for nine-year and, in 1937, was taken over by Western Airlines.
As the airport was growing in the 1960s and 1970s, new facilities were constructed on the south side of the airport. Those new facilities were the FAA building, new hangars, Weather service Building, a maintenance facility, Airport fire station, Montana Aeronautics division building. This expansion was not the last one, they continued it in the 2000s, and they add many non-aeronautical tenants. Boeing was added to the previous building many times, and due to this, new jobs were necessary, and it was beneficial for the Helena economy.