Record Year as Passenger Growth Soars at Boise Airport

Jan. 24, 2018

The Boise Airport set a new passenger record during 2017, as new flights, increased frequencies and low fares deepened its role in connecting Boise to the world.

During 2017, more than 3.5 million passengers flew in and out of the Boise Airport, eclipsing the previous record set in 2007 when 3,365,303 passengers traveled through the airport.

“Boise Airport’s importance to our residents and the economy continues to grow,” said Boise Mayor David Bieter. “Businesses all across Idaho expect it to keep them connected to customers and clients, families depend on it to keep loved ones within reach and visitors’ first impression of our city and state are formed by it. The Boise Airport and its professional staff continue to meet the challenges of our growth and excel.”

In 2017, airlines began new flights, added frequencies and increased capacity to multiple destinations from the Boise Airport.

  • Southwest Airlines added service to Sacramento
  • American Airlines added service to Chicago O’Hare
  • Allegiant Airlines added service to Phoenix-Mesa
  • American Airlines added an additional flight daily to Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Alaska Airlines increased aircraft size for one flight daily to Seattle

“The Boise Airport has seen steady growth for nearly four years now, posting 45 consecutive months of year over year passenger growth”, said Boise Airport Director Rebecca Hupp. “As demand for air service continues to rise in the Treasure Valley, we have been working diligently with airlines to recruit new flights to ensure residents have excellent connectivity.”

According to a recent report, the Boise Airport does very well when compared to markets of similar size. The airport ranks second in terms of lowest average airfare and second in most airplane seats available per capita.

“The business community really enjoys working with the leadership at the Boise Airport,” said Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bill Connors. “We have asked Airport Director Rebecca Hupp to sit on the Board of the Chamber and the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Rebecca and her team understand the importance of business and leisure travel to support Boise’s growing economy. We are fortunate to have such strong leadership and a great partnership.”

2018 is off to a strong start with air service capacity forecasted to increase every month through April 2018. Also, new service has already been announced; Frontier Airlines will return to the Boise market in March with three flights weekly to Denver and Southwest Airlines will begin daily service to San Jose in April.