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Bozeman airport to break records this holiday season

Published On: Dec 20 2012 10:47:20 PM MST
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

"We just flew in" said Jim Boswell from Memphis.

Families like the Boswells flew into Bozeman on thursday, to begin their holiday vacation.

"What we do every year is we pick a place and we fly out, and we spend Christmas together" he said.

Their two sons flew from Denver and Chicago. The rest, from Memphis via Salt Lake City, arriving on a few of several incoming flights.

"It'll be more passengers than we've ever seen before over the Christmas holidays" said BZN Airport Director Brian Sprenger.

He said the airport and airlines beef up services over the holidays to handle more than 3,000 travelers a day.

"We actually added about four more destinations over the holiday period" Sprenger said. "Several of the airlines are actually operating larger airplanes, and a few destinations have more flights."

While some families like the Boswells made Bozeman a destination, others came to see family.

"First time in Bozeman" said 7-year old Declan Meeks, who flew in with his mom from Alaska. He said he's visiting his grandfather and aunts and uncles.

"I was supposed to be in Olympia, Washington with my girlfriend right now" said Ben Carter. He decided last minute to see his dad and grandfather.

"I'm glad to see my dad" he said, adding it "makes me feel great."

And all say traveling here was, more or less, a breeze.

"I would say pretty good" said Meeks, about his flights from Anchorage to Seattle, and Seattle to Bozeman.

Jim Boswell said he and his family's flights all went smoothly too. "Doesn't seem that busy, not too bad anyway" he said.

The rush of the day was over by 4 pm on Thursday, but Sprenger said their busiest time is yet to come. He expects the airport to see a record number of travelers the weekend before and weekend after Christmas.