If you’re used to showing up at the Boise Airport half an hour before your flight takes off, prepare to adjust your travel plans this summer.
Boise Airport staff says the combination of record-breaking numbers of travelers on top of ongoing renovations to the airport’s parking garage system is a recipe for a longer travel time to your gate.
“Our 2022 passenger counts have been consistently higher than our 2019 statistics, which was our busiest year to date,” Airport Director Rebecca Hupp wrote in a news release. “Pair this general increase in demand with the uptick we traditionally see in travel from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and we are anticipating a record-breaking summer.”
The airport recommends travelers arrive an hour and a half early if they are dropped off at the departure gate and two hours early if they plan to park a car.
More parking coming soon
One of the biggest reasons for the bottleneck is the ongoing work to expand Boise’s parking capacity.
The airport is currently in the midst of its multiyear expansion to reshuffle the airport campus and make room for additional parking garages, an expanded security checkpoint and eventually a new concourse. Construction of the new parking garages has temporarily decreased parking availability at the airport, forcing many travelers to park at the Economy lot at Victory Road and Orchard Street.
A shuttle runs between the lot and the airport every 15 minutes.
The Airport’s release suggested travelers who relatively nearby use rideshare services, taxis or other modes of transportation to come to the airport instead of driving themselves. This leaves room in the parking garage for passengers from outside of the region and others who must drive.