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Billings airport debuts new concourse

 The Billings-Logan International Airport hosts ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate completion of phase two in expansion project.
Amya Rodriguez
Yellowstone Public Radio
The Billings Logan International Airport hosts a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the second phase in its terminal expansion project.

The Billings Logan International Airport unveiled its new Concourse A on Friday.

The concourse includes four gates, a bar area, restaurant and gift shop. Billings Mayor Bill Cole spoke at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new addition.

“This is the first major expansion of Billings Logan International Airport since the 1990s,” Billings Mayor Bill Cole said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new addition. “I remember when this was the new airport.”

The first flights out of the new concourse will leave on June 8th, said airport director Kevin Ploehn.

“What’ll happen is when they come in the night of the 7th, they’ll park at the regular gates on the B concourse,” he said. “Once all those flights launch then start the process of moving everybody over here because we have a three- or four-hour window.”

This is the second of five phases in the airport’s roughly $60 million terminal expansion project that began in 2018. Future phases include relocating TSA to a new screening area, building a new Concourse B, and remodeling the airport’s lower lobby.

Nadya joined Yellowstone Public Radio as news director in October 2021. Before coming to YPR, she spent six years as digital news editor/reporter for the NPR affiliate in Wichita, Kansas, where her work earned several Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards and a regional Edward R. Murrow award for Excellence in Social Media. Originally from Texas, Nadya has lived and worked in Colorado, Illinois, Washington, D.C.; and North Dakota. She lives in Billings with her cat, Dragon, and dog, Trooper, and enjoys hiking, crocheting, and traveling as often as possible.