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Boise Airport Expects Busy Holiday Travel Season, Economy Parking Lot Open Daily
Boise, Idaho – Thanksgiving is the busiest holiday travel period of the year, and this year airport officials expect to see record levels of passengers travelling through the Boise Airport and across the country.
“The Boise Airport continues to see record levels of travelers in 2019, with passenger traffic up 6% over 2018,” said Boise Airport Director, Rebecca Hupp. “The combination of a busy year and busy holiday travel season means passengers should give themselves a little extra time when flying out of the Boise Airport.”
The Boise Airport recommends passengers arrive two hours before their departure time during the holiday season. This gives passengers ample time to park, check-in and pass through the security checkpoint.
With a record number of passengers, the airport’s close-in parking could reach capacity around the holidays. The airport encourages passengers to utilize the economy (shuttle) parking lot, located at 5600 W. Victory Road. The free shuttle runs every 15 minutes and can be tracked in real-time by downloading the “Ride Systems” app and choosing “Boise Airport”.
Travelers can also reserve a parking space in the lower level of the short-term garage, near the terminal. Quantities are limited and require passengers to enter an estimated arrival and departure date/time. There is a $3.50 fee charged during the reservation process, then passengers pay standard short-term parking fees when exiting the garage after their trip. Reservations can be made through the ParkMobile App.
The busiest travel days are projected to be Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and Sunday and Monday after the holiday. On these peak days, over 14,000 passengers could be travelling through the Boise Airport.
The TSA encourage passengers to pack smart. Prepare for security when packing and ensure that there are no prohibited items in baggage. As always, passengers can bring pies, cakes and other baked goods through the checkpoints; however, liquids such as eggnog, maple syrup, and gels such as preserves and jellies, should go into checked luggage.
The Boise Airport has a few extra tips to ensure your travel goes smoothly.
- Visit www.tsa.gov to learn what items are restricted. Then double check your luggage, both carry-on and checked, to make sure none of these items were packed.
- Visit your airlines’ website to check flight status before heading to the airport.
- When picking up passengers, please utilize the short-term parking lot or cell phone waiting lot if you arrive early. The curb is for active loading and unloading only. Waiting or parking on the curb is a violation of city code and could result in a fine.
- If you get busy in the holiday hustle and bustle and accidentally leave an item at the airport, you can fill out an online form and the airport will begin searching for your lost item. The Boise Airport wishes everyone a happy holiday season and enjoyable travel
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