The Boise Airport has seen a welcome trend of new flights since this time last year. The jury is out on whether all of the new flights will be sustainable, but it’s a refreshing mark of confidence from the airline industry after years of heavy cutbacks in the Boise market.
Here’s a quick recap of the recent changes we’ve seen:
Air Service Changes – Summer 2013 vs. Summer 2014:
- New once-daily nonstop service to San Diego, CA (SkyWest/Horizon) and Salt Lake City, UT (Horizon Air).
- Increased service to Portland, OR (seven total summer nonstop flights).
- Honolulu nonstop service shifts to Winter-only.
Delta Air Lines
- New once-daily nonstop service to Los Angeles, CA beginning June 6th, 2014.
- Additional summer Airbus flight from Boise to Salt Lake City.
- Consolidation of two regional jet flights into one mainline (McDonnell Douglas MD-88) flight from Boise to Minneapolis.
- New once-daily nonstop service to Chicago, IL (Midway) beginning June 8th, 2014.
- New Saturday-only nonstop service to Los Angeles, CA, beginning June 14th, 2014
- New once-daily nonstop service to Houston, TX beginning August 20th, 2014.
We still have far, far less flights and less total seats than during the airport’s peak in Summer 2007. Because of mergers and rising energy prices, it’s unlikely we’ll see a return to 2007-level service for a long time.
As we don’t have passenger rail, nor are any major airports within reasonable driving distance, Boise’s economy depends on air service more than most cities. More competition and more supply = lower airfares and greater connectivity to the outside world.