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More direct flights to Whitefish

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Adding San Francisco

http://flatheadbeacon.com/2016/09/06/glacier-park-international-airport-adds-winter-flights-san-francisco/

Also direct flights from Minneapolis, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Salt Lake. Looks like some of these are just on weekends, however.

There are direct flights from more cities in summer than in winter. http://www.iflyglacier.com/cities-served.html
post #2 of 12
Always good to have more options to FCA.

Wish some low-cost carriers would also enter. Will be only way to get UA from pricing as if flight is going to Europe while using fraction of the fuel.

You'd think MT tourism and economic development agencies would also work to try to make this happen so they would get more bang for their buck on all the ads in Chicago (for example).
post #3 of 12
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Well, they were subsidizing those direct flights from Chicago until the "minimum revenue guarantee" was met. The article says they didn't have to pay last season. But they are donations from local businesses, so I'm sure one flight would drain any fund. It's not a state fund, it's some regional thing. There's just not the money to do much, given the population.
post #4 of 12

Yes.  But couldn't Glacier AERO put funds towards a low-cost carrier entry?  Particularly from places such as SLC, MSP, DEN, and ORD/MDW.

 

I guess the risk is UA plays hard ball and scales backs flight significantly.  UA knows there is no cheap way into FCA regardless of where you originate.  A low-cost carrier could change that dynamics.  Right now it is very hard for a family of 4 or 5 to travel to FCA in winter - even if after you land it is a great value.

post #5 of 12
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Actually, the more we talk about it the less value I see to me. The crowds were crazy this summer. Now that doesn't affect me except I won't do Glacier until the fall, but the last thing I want is equivalent winter crowds. Frankly, the strength of the dollar and the resulting reduction in Canadians made last Presidents Day bearable again.
post #6 of 12

I also agree on this point a bit...as I have said before, it may be airline pricing that keeps Vail Resorts away.

 

It would just be nice to have to have the option to get there more frequently...and without lower fares (in and out) my wife won't let us retire in Stumptown.


Edited by Moose32 - 9/7/16 at 7:09am
post #7 of 12

It's a shame air fares are so expensive.  My friends and I are planning a trip to Whitefish in March.  Airfares out of MSP are 6-7 hundred dollars round trip.  We plan on taking the train, which is a 20+ hour trip out of Staples, MN, which is about 140 rail miles from MSP, but the train ticket is only $220 if we go the cheapest route.  We really want to experience Whitefish.  

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Moose32 View Post

I also agree on this point a bit...as I have said before, it may be airline pricing that keeps Vail Resorts away.

It would just be nice to have to have the option to get there more frequently...and without lower fares (in and out) my wife won't let us retire in Stumptown.

Once you live here, why would you want to go anywhere? 😁
post #9 of 12
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It's a shame air fares are so expensive.  My friends and I are planning a trip to Whitefish in March.  Airfares out of MSP are 6-7 hundred dollars round trip.  We plan on taking the train, which is a 20+ hour trip out of Staples, MN, which is about 140 rail miles from MSP, but the train ticket is only $220 if we go the cheapest route.  We really want to experience Whitefish.  

That's how @SlowObstacle gets here.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by checksix68 View Post

It's a shame air fares are so expensive.  My friends and I are planning a trip to Whitefish in March.  Airfares out of MSP are 6-7 hundred dollars round trip.  We plan on taking the train, which is a 20+ hour trip out of Staples, MN, which is about 140 rail miles from MSP, but the train ticket is only $220 if we go the cheapest route.  We really want to experience Whitefish.  

That's how @SlowObstacle gets here.


Along with a whole crowd of other folks.  It's cheap, it's relaxing (if you can deal with chilling out for a day on the train).   And the collapse of the oil patch in ND has improved on-time performance, last I looked.    But if you're the sort that can't sit still, it might be worth paying to fly.

 

HiTempo (one of the local ski shops), has run group trips out to WMR for the past several years.  People take the train out and stay in Hibernation House, which all together makes it an insanely good deal.   Note:  I haven't been on their group trip, don't work for them, not getting a commission.  But last year you could stay in Hibernation House and pay about $90/day, for the room (double occupancy), lift ticket, and a hot breakfast.   And that was before any group discount they arranged...

post #11 of 12
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Actually, the more we talk about it the less value I see to me. The crowds were crazy this summer. Now that doesn't affect me except I won't do Glacier until the fall, but the last thing I want is equivalent winter crowds. Frankly, the strength of the dollar and the resulting reduction in Canadians made last Presidents Day bearable again.

Like I said, crowds were crazy. 800,000 in one month. Guess how many of those people stop in Whitefish. Most of them. http://flatheadbeacon.com/2016/09/08/glacier-park-sets-monthly-attendance-record-august/

No wonder all these hotels are being built. Fortunately, winter is the off season.
post #12 of 12
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Once you live here, why would you want to go anywhere? 😁


My wife's reasons are 1) family and 2) spring / fall.

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