Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Commercial air service between Idaho Falls, Boise set to begin Oct. 1

Idaho Falls Regional Airport announced today that non-stop air service between Idaho Falls and Boise will begin Oct. 1.

Gem Air, a carrier based in Salmon, will begin flying 9-passenger turboprop planes between the two cities, filling a gap in service that has existed since SeaPort Airlines stopped service in 2012. Before SeaPort, Horizon Air provided service to Boise for several years.

“We believe this is a great option for our community,” said Craig Davis, IFRA airport director, in a press release from Mayor Rebecca Casper's office. “There’s been strong demand, especially in the business community, and we’re thrilled that Gem Air was able to step in and fill that void.”

The route will not be served via IFRA’s main terminal but out of a private operator, AeroMark, which is located just south of the airport at 1940 International Way. Passengers will enjoy free parking and will not need to go through a TSA checkpoint before boarding. Travelers will also have the luxury of arriving only 30 minutes prior to departure.

Travelers should also be aware that flights will arrive and depart the Boise Airport from the main terminal at the Gem Air counter.

“Gem Air is dedicated to making travel convenient and comfortable for our passengers,” states Gem Air’s director of airline development, David Schroeder. “With two round-trips a day, travelers can get in a full day of business and be home the same night.”

Flights are slightly more than an hour long and will run twice a day on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Departures from Idaho Falls will be in the morning and afternoon. Ticket prices begin at $149.

For more information or to book tickets, visit www.gemairflights.com.