The Boise Airport took a giant leap today in its effort to secure nonstop service to Atlanta.
Airport officials announced that they had secured a $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Small Community Air Service Development Program. The Boise metro Chamber had already secured $273,000 in matching funds from Treasure Valley businesses and organizations to help the effort.
In particular the funds will incentivize Delta Air Lines to offer nonstop flights to and from its Atlanta hub, which will be a giant stepping stone for travel across the Eastern Seaboard and onto Europe and Africa.
"It has been a goal of ours to improve connections from Boise to the East Coast and this grant is essential in attracting the new route," said Boise Airport Director Rebecca Hupp.
Boise Metro Chamber President Bill Connors said with an Atlanta addition, Boise would have service to the three busiest air service hubs in the nation.
In fact, Boise would have connections to Atlanta (No. 1), Los Angeles (No. 2), Chicago (No. 3), Dallas/Ft. Worth (No. 4) and Denver (No. 5).
"Boise and its Airport are on a roll," said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter.