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BOI Passenger Tips to Prepare for a Busy Holiday Travel Season at the Boise Airport


Nov 14, 2023

Contact: Shawna Samuelson
Communication and Marketing Manager

Passenger Tips to Prepare for a Busy Holiday Travel Season at the Boise Airport

Boise, Idaho –The Boise Airport is preparing for one of its busiest times of the year, Thanksgiving travel, in what is shaping up to be yet another record year of passenger travel. An estimated 170,000 passengers are expected to pass through BOI during the 12-day Thanksgiving holiday period from Nov. 16 to Nov. 27. If you are planning to fly this holiday season, review the tips below before arriving at the airport.

Passenger projections suggest the busiest days will likely be the Tuesday (11/21) and Wednesday (11/22) prior to the holiday, and Sunday (11/26) and Monday (11/27) following the holiday. The busiest times of day at the security checkpoint are anticipated to be between 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to noon.

As part of BOI Upgrade, the Boise Airport’s multi-year capital expansion plan, a new public parking garage was opened this summer. The addition of the East Parking Garage has doubled the airport’s long-term parking capacity available near the terminal. However, as we head into the busiest parking season of the year, it’s likely the terminal parking garages could reach capacity at various points throughout the holiday season. Preparing yourself with the most up-to-date parking information will help streamline your airport arrival.

  1. Check Parking Availability: Before heading to the airport, use the real-time parking availability feature on the parking page of the airport’s website.
  1. Know How to Access the East Garage: The new garage has its own entrance off Airport Way. If you are planning to utilize this garage, make your way to the left drive lane as soon as you pass the airport’s entrance sign. Signage will direct you to the East Garage, which is your first left off Airport Way.
  1. Consider the Economy Parking Lot: The Economy Parking Lot is located at Victory and Orchard (5600 W. Victory Rd.) and is serviced by a shuttle that runs every 15 minutes. Remember to add an extra 30 minutes to your schedule if the terminal garages are full to take the shuttle from the Economy Lot.
  1. Make a Reservation for Curbside Valet: Curbside valet, operated by local company The Car Park, is available on the east end of the upper curb. The Boise Airport recommends travelers make an online reservation in advance of your arrival to guarantee your spot. Reservations can be made here.

Passengers should check with their airlines to verify the status of their flight before arriving at the airport. While most passengers can normally speed through the airport and get to their gate in minutes, the holiday travel season can often lead to longer lines and unanticipated delays. For that reason, passengers are encouraged to arrive at the airport no later than two hours before departure. Remember that parking may include a shuttle ride from the Economy Lot to the terminal.

TSA encourages passengers to pack smart. Jams and jellies, cranberry sauce, gravy, bottles of wine and other Thanksgiving treats are commonly confiscated at TSA checkpoints and should go into checked baggage. As always, check your bags for the usual prohibited items such as knives and firearms to keep things flowing smoothly through screening. The TSA has a comprehensive list of packing guidance for items here.

The Boise Airport wishes everyone a happy holiday season and enjoyable travel.




The Boise Airport welcomed nearly 4.5 million passengers in 2022 and is served by eight airlines flying to 26 nonstop destinations. As infrastructure critical to the region’s growth and prosperity, the Boise Airport is a vital asset for Idaho and serves as a gateway to the entire Treasure Valley. According to a recent study, each year BOI generates more than $2.9 billion in total economic impact, supports more than 21,000 jobs in the region and produces more than $157 million in state and local taxes. BOI receives no local tax dollars. Visit to learn more.