This coming Tuesday, May 7, the Boise City Council will be briefed on commercial air service by Boise Airport Director Rebecca Hupp. She's expected to tell policy makers that a Boise Airport Business Advisory Group is in the works through which community stakeholders would help promote existing routes and advocate for greater service to points east and south.
In particular, the Boise Airport has identified what it calls an "Air Service Deficiency Area." Simply put, direct flights from Boise don't exist any further east than Chicago or any further south than Phoenix. And most of the nation's airport hubs—including New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, San Diego, Charlotte and Washington, D.C.—don't connect directly with Boise.
But a number of the airlines which served passengers in and out of the Boise Airport in 2000 either don't exist anymore or have merged with other airlines, leaving Alaska, American, Delta, Southwest, United and U.S. Airways.
Among the action items for the airport's Air Service Development Plan is identifying potential new target markets.
"As far as destinations, we know that there's strong demand for service to Dallas and/or Houston. And they're hub destinations," Hupp told Boise Weekly in May 2012. "Of course, we'd love to improve eastbound destinations, like Philadelphia or Atlanta."
The Boise Airport's operating expenses for Fiscal Year 2013 top $8.5 million, $332,632 higher than Fiscal Year 2012 with the lion's share of the increased expenses—$217,727—going toward "management and strategic planning."