Last year, more people got on or off a plane at the Boise Airport than ever before – 4 million passengers.
Then, the COVID-19 pandemic began impacting air travel around the nation and globe.
In April of this year, 18,086 people took off or landed at the airport. That’s a drop of 94% from April of 2019 when the airport hosted 304,635 total passengers.
The airport saw significantly fewer planes land during the month, 880 versus 2,130 the year before – a drop-off of 59%.
The year started strong for BOI, with year-over-year increases in both January and February. Traffic started to dip in March, which started with little direct impact of the pandemic and ended with a near total shutdown of travel in the state.
One category that remains relatively stable is freight operations. Crews loaded slightly more freight than last year, up about six percent, and took off slightly less, down three percent.