Fresh off its busiest summer on record, the Boise Airport is prepping for its latest nonstop route launching next week.
Southwest Airlines is set to introduce direct service between Boise and Long Beach, California, on Oct. 7. The new route will initially operate on Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 4 before the flight returns to the schedule for once-weekly service on Sundays starting Jan. 7.
From there, the new Southern California route is scheduled to remain on the calendar through at least June 2, which is the furthest out that Southwest offers online bookings at the moment.
“After a record-breaking year for passenger travel here at the Boise Airport, we are happy to see service grow with Southwest this fall,” airport spokesperson Shawna Samuelson previously told the Idaho Statesman.
The new nonstop route is Boise’s eighth to cities in California, including six in and out of Southern California. Overall, the Boise Airport now offers direct flights to 25 destinations, including two seasonal routes.
In addition, Long Beach marks Southwest’s ninth destination in and out of Boise, firmly maintaining its position as the regional air hub’s No. 2 commercial air carrier. Alaska Airlines is No. 1 with nonstop routes to 15 different cities.
Southwest also recently relaunched nonstop service once a week on Saturdays between Boise and Chicago-Midway International Airport through Nov. 4. The airline’s online booking calendar does not show the planned seasonal flight returning through at least the beginning of June next year.
“As always, we’re monitoring the demand from travelers to make sure we’re providing the air service they’re looking for from us,” Dan Landson, a Southwest spokesperson, told the Statesman by email.
The Boise Airport recorded its busiest August on record, with more than 423,000 passengers. Before that, July set the new all-time high for air travelers in a single month, at more than 434,000 passengers.
The airport now stands at more than 3.1 million inbound and outbound passengers for the year. The total is more than 244,000 passengers, or about 8.5%, ahead of this same time last year, when the airport set its current record of nearly 4.5 million passengers in a single year.
Presently, the airport is on pace to approach roughly 4.9 million passengers this year.