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Passenger counts at Boise Airport still well lower than pre-pandemic level

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The number of passengers flowing through the Boise Airport increased significantly since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic — but remain well below the same time last year.

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So far this year, 1,436,226 people got on or off a plane at BOI, according to data through September 30th. That compares with 3,039,741 passengers during the same time frame in 2019 – a drop of 53%.

The year started off with slight increases – passenger counts increased 5% year-to-year for January, and 8% year-to-year in February. But in March, as the pandemic began to take hold, passenger counts dropped sharply – off 49% for the month. In April, with a statewide stay at home order, as well as restrictions on travel, the number of passengers at the airport dropped to less than 20,000 for the whole month – a decline of 94%.

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Traffic counts started to recover – but remain well off the previous pace. In September, the number of people getting on or off planes at the airport was still down by 53% from the same month in 2019. Passenger counts increased in each month from April, though the increase started to taper off as fall began.

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The airport made a number of changes to its plan, including holding off on a new employee parking garage. It started the design process for another garage in recent weeks. Many airlines that changed flights from Boise started to adjust, including adding a new flight to key eastern time zone destination Atlanta. The airport also saw a large infusion of cash from the federal government under CARES Act legislation.

Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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