FAA and Airport Operations
In January of 2008 Boise Airport broke ground on a new Federal
Aviation Air Traffic Control Tower. Construction was completed
in 2010 and full activation of the new facility took place in
September/October 2013; it will house both TRACON (Terminal
Radar Approach Control) and STARS (Standard Terminal Automation
Replacement System). The new tower will be instrumental in
accommodating future growth, improving Boise's potential to become
a major regional or national air freight center and spurring
additional economic growth in the region.
The $33 million, 268-foot tower went into service midnight
September 15, 2013 and is expected to be formally commissioned
in November 2013. The new tower features state-of-the-art
technology. The previous air traffic control tower was 65 feet
tall and 40 years old. The new air traffic control tower will be
the tallest structure in Idaho (until the completion of
the Zions Bank Building in downtown Boise) and located on
the south side of the airfield, with the advantage of unobstructed
line of sight to both runways and the assault runway.
Boise Airport (BOI) has two parallel runways, 10R/28L and 10L/28R.
The primary instrument runway, Runway 10R/28L is 9,763 feet long
and 150-feet wide. In 2007, the runway was upgraded to a
Category III Instrument Landing System with minimums to 600 feet
visual range (RVR). This gives BOI one of the safest and
efficient landing systems in the nation...not just for an airport
Runway 10L/28R is 10,000 feet long and 150 feet wide. It was
repaved in 2008. The assault strip (third runway) is 90' x
5000'. It was constructed in 1999 using Department of Defense
funding for C-130 training. Currently, its use is restricted to
military aircraft for training exercises. In the future, the
airport plans to increase the width and length of the strip and
provide a connecting taxiway to the main airfield.