Facts and Figures

In 1938, President Roosevelt authorized WPA funds for the construction of the Missoula County Airport to be located on 1300 acres west of Missoula. When the airport opened in 1941, it boasted the longest runways in the region with plenty of room for future growth.

In honor of two of Missoula’s most well known aviation pioneers, Bob Johnson, and Harry Bell, the Missoula County Airport was officially named Johnson-Bell Field on a warm Memorial Day afternoon in 1968. Today, a bronze plaque honoring their service and contributions is located in the main terminal at the Missoula International Airport.

 General Airport Information

 • Three Letter Identifier:  MSO
 • Owner and Operator:  Missoula County Airport Authority
 • Airport Director:  Cris Jensen
 • Construction Began:  1938
 • Airport Opened:  1941
 • First Control Tower Commissioned:  1961
 • Named Johnson-Bell Field:  1968
 • Missoula County Airport Authority Formed:  1977

 Geographical Information

 • Street Address:  5225 Highway 10 West
 • City, State and Zip:  Missoula, Montana 59808
 • MSO Service Area Population:  219,800
 • Location from City:  4 miles northwest of downtown Missoula (Montana)
 • Time Zone:  UTC-7, MST. Daylight Savings Time is Observed
 • Latitude:  46° 54′ 58.7″ N
 • Longitude:  114° 05′ 26″ W
 • Airport Elevation:  3,206 feet above sea level
 • Airport Size:  2,700 acres, 4.2 square miles (10.92 sq. km)

Passenger Terminal

 • Total terminal building area:  Approximately 120,000 square feet
 • Total aircraft boarding gates:  6 (3 jet bridges, 3 ground-level)
 • Airline Ticket Counters:  12 conventional counters, and 11 self-service kiosks
 • Rental Car Companies:  6
 • Baggage Carousels:  2
 Parking Information
 • Short Term:  157
 • Long Term:  599
 • Credit Express:  130
 • Rental Cars:  170
 • Employee Parking:  145

 Runways and Facilities

The Missoula Airport was originally constructed with four runways: 11/29, 07/25, 02/20, and 16/34. Today, Runway 11/29 is the airport’s primary commercial service runway, while Runway 07/25 is used as a crosswind general aviation runway. The remaining two runways were closed in the 1980’s to make room for a new Public Safety Building.
 Runway 11/29
 • 9,501 feet long x 150 feet wide (2,896 x 46 meters), asphalt
 • MALSR approach lighting system / sequenced strobe lights
 • Full length parallel taxiway
 • Precision Approach Path Indicators
 • Distance Remaining Markers
 • High intensity runway lights
 • Runway End Identifier Lights
 • CAT I Instrument Landing System for all-weather landing capabilities
 Runway 07/25
 • 4,612 feet long x 75 feet wide (1,406 x 23 meters), asphalt
 • Medium intensity runway lights
 Other
 • VOR navigational aid on field
 • ASR-9 Airport Surveillance Radar
 • ILS, VOR, NDB and GPS Approaches
 • Airport Weather Observation Station – (406) 728-3743
 • Air Traffic Control Tower (New tower currently under construction)
 • ARFF Index B

 Missoula Airport Communications

 • Missoula ATIS Recording  126.65 MHz
 • Missoula Ground  121.90 MHz
 • Missoula Tower  118.40 MHz
 • Approach/Departure Control  124.90 MHz
 • Salt Lake Center  132.40 MHz
 • Missoula VOR  112.80 MHz
 • AWOS Weather Recording  (406) 728-3743

Caution: The information on this page is not to be used for navigation purposes. Please consult official sources.