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Billings airport seeing increase in summer flights

Posted at 2:31 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 16:31:30-04

Billings Logan International Airport has more flights on its schedule and has had an increase in passengers since COVID-19 started affecting flights.

Kevin Ploehn, director of aviation and transit at Billings Logan, said Monday that in April, he was only seeing an average of 64 passengers a day. Now in June, passenger numbers have upped to 500 per day. He says he predicts these numbers will continue to go up in the next two months.

Ploehn says airlines are providing more fights out of Billings. He says after two months, service to Minneapolis has started back up and there will now be direct flights to Portland. There will be more flights to Salt Lake City, Denver, and Seattle starting this summer as well.

Ploehn says Allegiant Airlines has started two new seasonal routes, one to San Diego and on to Los Angeles.

While there is currently an increase in flights and passengers, Ploehn says that airlines are still asking passengers to wear masks and social distance.

“If the flight becomes overly full, then they are going to notify people that the flight is full. If they aren’t comfortable with that, they can take an alternate flight at a later time," says Ploehn.

For more information on flight schedules visit flybillings.com