Boise’s airport isn’t “small” anymore. The change may cost some funding


Come fall, the Boise Airport will likely lose some funding.

Data from last year shows that Boise had the 61st busiest airport in the country with 992,342 people getting on or off a plane. This means the Federal Aviation Administration will reclassify it from a small hub to a medium hub.

Medium hubs are airports that have .25% – 1% of the country’s commercial enplanements. Ultimately, the classification of a medium hub, means the Boise Airport could receive less federal funding for improvements. 

“The Boise Airport has been anticipating this reclassification, as we have been on the borderline between small and medium hub for quite some time,” Boise Airport Director Rebecca Hupp said in a news release. “The strong rebound in our passenger traffic throughout the pandemic helped push the airport over the threshold.”

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Along with the potential change in funding, being classified as a medium hub will mean more federal requirements for airline competition plans, passenger services, and reporting requirements. An Animal Relief Area and Nursing Room are requited for medium hubs and as we reported here the Boise Airport has taken the steps to begin construction on those additions.

Boise is growing fast. BoiseDev reported here that according to data from the US Census Bureau the Boise Metro Area is the eighth-fastest growing area in the nation. With that comes an increase in passenger traffic. According to the news release from 2014 to 2019 passenger traffic at the airport grew 49%.

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
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