Newark-Bozeman Nonstop Service Extended Through Winter Season

BIG SKY, Mont. - After a successful start for the initial summer nonstop flight from New York/Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN), BZN confirmed the non-stop flights will continue during winter ‘12/‘13. The seasonal winter flights will be operated by United Airlines.

A 45-minute drive from Big Sky, MT, the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport gives vacationers access to the Biggest Skiing in America at Big Sky Resort, their Basecamp to Yellowstone National Park. Located just 14 miles from Manhattan, the New York/Newark Liberty International Airport serves the entire New York-New Jersey metropolitan area.

Flights will operate once weekly on Saturdays from December 22, 2012 through March 30, 2013. The flights are scheduled to depart EWR at 8:25 a.m. and arrive BZN at 11:23 a.m. The return flights are scheduled to depart BZN at 12:05 p.m. and arrive EWR at 6:10 p.m. United plans to operate the flights using Airbus A319 aircraft with a configuration of 8 first class and 112 coach class seats.

"New York is one of our biggest winter markets, so we're excited to continue to offer this flight through the ‘12/‘13 ski season," said Meg O'Leary, Big Sky Resort's Director of Sales and Marketing. "Big Sky will now be that much more easily accessible to our east coast guests, and we believe this will enhance their overall Montana experience."

Direct EWR flights for summer of 2012 were announced in February and both summer and winter nonstops are now available for booking. Both seasonal nonstops are made possible by contributions from Big Sky Resort and other community partners in both Big Sky and Bozeman in conjunction with a Department of Transportation Small Community Air Service Development Grant (SCASDG).

The newly renamed and expanded Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport recorded an all-time passenger boarding record with 397,822 passengers boarding airline flights in 2011. This represents an 8.9% increase of nearly 33,000 passengers more than the previous record set in 2010.

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport also currently provides direct flight service to the major hubs of Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and Seattle as well as other airports such as Phoenix, Minneapolis, and San Francisco. The airport's recent expansion makes it the largest airport in Montana. It is currently served by Alaska/Horizon, Allegiant, Delta/Skywest, Frontier, and United/United Express airlines.