Travel numbers down at Boise Airport compared to 2019

Boise Airport
Posted at 11:14 AM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 15:36:30-05

BOISE, Idaho — Passenger numbers at the Boise Airport are down nearly 50% in November 2020 compared to November of last year.

In November 2020, 172,008 total passengers traveled through BOI, according to data from the Boise Airport. In November 2019, 337,480 passengers went through the Boise Airport, a 49% difference.

So far this year, 1,794,683 people have traveled through the Boise Airport. Last year, a total of 3,738,514 traveled, a 52% difference.

The Boise Airport set a record for passenger traffic in 2019 with more than 4.1 million people traveling. Several new flights were added this year, including stops to Palm Springs International Airport with Allegiant Air and a direct flight to Atlanta with Delta.

A public health order in Boise means only ticketed passengers-- with a few exceptions-- are allowed into the terminal. People helping a passenger with arrival or departure are allowed in the airport. People in their vehicles who are there to pick up or drop off a ticketed passenger have access to the arrival and departure curb. Those picking up or dropping off a rental car are also allowed.

Idaho currently does not have any travel restrictions. The CDC is asking people to avoid traveling during the holiday season to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

For those who decide to travel, the CDC now recommends people get tested for COVID-19 both before and after their trips. Their guidance is to test one to three days before travel and again three to five days after travel.