Bozeman, MT (BZN) and Ft. Walton, FL (VPS) start in May!
I don’t usually make topics like this, but couldn’t resist sharing this news. Today is a day I and many other Montanans (@Jack_Q , @plane_guy12 , @NathanD) have been waiting for for a long time. Southwest Airlines has announced daily service to the the 41st state on their network through Bozeman, MT! They will become BZN’s 9th airline and compete with other recent additions like JetBlue and American to connect my home state to even more cities across the country.
From Southwest’s website: "In its 50th year of service, Southwest Airlines adds another of the 50 states to its network, bringing low fares to the state of Montana on May 27, 2021. The addition of Bozeman will connect Customers with Big Sky country, bringing faster access to Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky Ski Resort, Custer Gallatin National Forest, and Montana State University. Southwest Customers may now book travel to fly nonstop between Bozeman and both Denver and Las Vegas, and reach southern Montana from more than 50 other Southwest cities on same-plane or connecting service. *
In addition, the airline announced service to their 11th destination in Florida, Ft. Walton:
“Beginning May 6, 2021, Southwest will commence service to an 11th airport in the Sunshine State, bringing a third option for beachcombers to access the Florida panhandle. Southwest Customers will be able to fly nonstop between Destin/Ft. Walton Beach and four destinations: Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Dallas (Love Field), and Nashville, bringing additional connecting or same-plane service to more than 50 cities, with added nonstop service to Chicago (Midway) beginning June 6, 2021.”
As many locals and Southwest fans will agree, the new service to Montana is absolutely huge news! I am extremely excited to see Southwest’s 737-700s at my home airport and can’t wait to see what they do next, as BZN continues to be one of the fastest growing airports in the country, even amidst the pandemic. What do you guys think? Does this announcement make Montana more accessible to you or your friends/family?
You can read the full article from Southwest’s website here
Thanks for reading everyone, and have a great day!