Baggage Solutions for an Active Airport

The Gallatin Airport Authority hired Morrison-Maierle to assist with the Bozeman Airport Inline Baggage System update project. As the busiest airport in Montana and the fastest-growing airport in the nation, it handles 2.4 million passengers each year. And the growth isn’t slowing down; from 2018 to 2022, both baggage and passengers have increased by approximately 16% a year.

The project’s primary purpose included updating baggage scanners and other equipment, improving overall security, and increasing baggage handling efficiency. With a modern and upgraded system, the Bozeman airport hopes to better serve the multitude of travelers on their way to the many attractions located in the Gallatin Valley.

Keeping the airport fully operational throughout construction was especially challenging because of the dual peak seasons the airport serves—summer traffic headed to Yellowstone National Park and winter traffic headed to nearby Big Sky Ski Resort and Bridger Bowl Ski Area. To minimize impacts on the traveling public, the project had to be designed to be constructed during the airport’s off hours. And with flights starting at 5:30 a.m. and arriving until midnight, for certain project elements, we could only work within a short window.