While politicos in Washington, D.C. are on the brink of the “financial cliff,” Chamber of Commerce types, some businessmen and Boise airport brass seem to advocate a jump off the cliff as they seek “grants and community support” to subsidize airlines with 80% seat occupancy guarantees. Next it will be paying the DAILY PAPER a minimum circulation, even if the copies are not printed.
KTVB-7 reporter Jamie Grey aired a well done story Monday showing how BOI is at a ten year low for passenger boarding, flights are being cut, and the airport is going into debt to build a new parking ramp.
Recently, Southwest has dropped Reno, Seattle, and Salt Lake City flights and announced its curtailing Portland flights. American Airlines stopped flying to Los Angeles, and Frontier stopped flying to Denver.
At a meeting hosted Tuesday by the Idaho Business Review, airport managers, Chamber of Commerce, and businesses discussed ways to increase air traffic at BOI. Grey reported, “The airport, business community, and city all say they’re committed to working on grants, coming up with ideas and working on building the community and airport back up to pre-recession numbers.
If tax money (federal, state, or local) is used for the airport it will certainly benefit the airlines–even if there aren’t enough passengers to fill the seats. One could also reason there won’t be enough cars to fill the parking structures either. Who will pay for those empty stalls?
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