Boise & Garden City

Boise Airport is set to get bigger, with more gates and expanded parking

As soon as five years from now, air travelers may see something new on their tickets from Boise Airport: Concourse A.

Rebecca Hupp, airport director for BOI, shared plans for the new concourse — a new wing off the main terminal with new gates and amenities — with the Boise City Council on Tuesday.

The concourse would jut out from the right side of the airport as you walk into the main terminal. The existing B concourse juts out from the left side, and the C concourse extends from the back.

The new concourse would be designed to handle the increasingly large jets that airlines are moving toward, Hupp said. A drawing she displayed showed spaces for six new jets, with possible future expansions that could accommodate more.

It would have larger departure lounge areas than Concourse B, too. It would include retail and food outlets.

The concourse would help the airport manage the increasing number of passengers who fly through BOI each year. In just six years, passenger traffic at the city-owned airport has grown 49 percent, Hupp said.

Other proposed changes to support growth would include a new East Parking Garage for the public and new parking options for employees. The airport is also looking to reconfigure surface parking lots and the exit plaza to provide better access.

The airport may modify the security screening checkpoint, because the current setup creates what Hupp described as “a pinch” for travelers.

The changes will cost between $150 million and $200 million. They would be funded by existing fees, including surcharges on tickets and rental cars, Hupp said. No general fund (city property tax) money would be used.

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