Boise holiday travel numbers could be up almost 10 percent

Posted at 1:08 PM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 15:22:28-05

Thanksgiving is the busiest holiday travel week of the year, and Boise airport officials are expecting it to be even busier than last year.

“Our 2016 passenger statistics are up 9% compared to this time in 2015,” said Boise Airport Director Rebecca Hupp. “We expect to see near-record levels of passengers fly through Boise over the next week.”

“On average, 8,500 passengers travel through the Boise Airport each day -- that number is expected to be closer to 12,000 during the Thanksgiving holiday. The busiest travel days will be Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the Sunday after the holiday,” said Airport Marketing manager Sean Briggs.

The Boise Airport encourages travelers to allow a little extra time when traveling during this peak holiday season.

“Typically, we encourage passengers to arrive ninety minutes before their flight but, during these busy holiday periods, that time is extended to two hours,” said Hupp. 

The Boise Airport also has a few tips for travelers:

--Visit 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.

--Leave your Samsung Galaxy Note7 at home. These phones have been banned from air travel by the United States Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration.

--Arrive two hours before your departure time.

--Visit your airlines website to check flight status before heading to the airport.