Great Falls International Airport (IATA: GTF, ICAO: KGTF, FAA LID: GTF) is a public and military use airport located within city limits, three nautical miles (6 km) southwest of central Great Falls in Cascade County, Montana, United States. GTF serves the Great Falls area, as well as other communities throughout central Montana.
It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport. As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 143,811 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 146,438 enplanements in 2009, and 155,204 in 2010.
GREAT FALLS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HISTORY
Great Falls International Airport was initiated in November 1928 following a recommendation from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The airport was leased by the U.S. War Department during World War II and became a home for the 7th Ferrying Command of the U.S. Army Air Forces during the war. During the war years, more than 7,500 bombers and fighter aircraft passed through Great Falls on their way to the war fronts in Europe and the Pacific. While using the airport as an air base, the U.S. Army acquired an additional 740 acres (3.0 km2) of land and built many buildings and other facilities. The airport remained under government control until June 1948, at which point the newly-established Department of Defense deeded the airport back to the City of Great Falls with the stipulation that the facility could revert to military control in the event of a national emergency. The airport was released from this clause in 1961.
GREAT FALLS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LOCATION
GREAT FALLS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FACTS
Elevation: 3680 ft.
Runway length available: 03/21 10502×150 ft. :: 07/25 4294×75 ft. :: 16/34 6357×150 ft.