Idaho Falls Regional Airport Article

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Idaho Falls Regional Airport

Fanning Field
IDA baggage.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Idaho Falls
Serves Idaho Falls, Idaho
Elevation  AMSL4,744 ft / 1,446 m
Coordinates 43°30′49″N 112°04′15″W / 43.51361°N 112.07083°W / 43.51361; -112.07083
IDAHO FALLS REGIONAL AIRPORT Latitude and Longitude:

43°30′49″N 112°04′15″W / 43.51361°N 112.07083°W / 43.51361; -112.07083
Website Official website
Map
IDA is located in Idaho
IDA
IDA
Location of airport in Idaho / United States
IDA is located in the US
IDA
IDA
IDA (the US)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
2/20 9,002 2,744 Asphalt
17/35 4,051 1,235 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Aircraft operations33,152
Based aircraft171

Idaho Falls Regional Airport ( IATA: IDA [2], ICAO: KIDA, FAA LID: IDA) is a city-owned, public-use airport located two  nautical miles (4  km) northwest of the central business district of Idaho Falls, a city in Bonneville County, Idaho, United States. [1] It was formerly known as Fanning Field. [3] It is the second-busiest airport in Idaho after Boise Airport.

This airport is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service facility. As per Federal Aviation Administration records, the airport had 148,584 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 138,957 enplanements in 2009, and 144,365 in 2010.

Facilities and aircraft

Idaho Falls Regional Airport covers an area of 866 acres (350 ha) at an elevation of 4,744 feet (1,446 m) above mean sea level. It has two asphalt paved runways: 2/20 is 9,002 by 150 feet (2,744 x 46 m) and 17/35 is 4,051 by 75 feet (1,235 x 23 m). [1]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2010, the airport had 38,447 aircraft operations, an average of 105 per day: 74% general aviation, 19% air taxi, 6% scheduled commercial, and 1% military. At that time there were 169 aircraft based at this airport: 73% single- engine, 18% multi-engine, 4% jet, 3% helicopter, and 2% glider. [1]

Terminal

The airport terminal has been expanded twice and partially re-built once. The current terminal was built in 1959, expanded in 1982 and the boarding area torn down and retrofitted to accommodate smaller aircraft with jet ways in the mid-2000s. The previous terminal was designed with jetways for 737s, which stopped arriving in Idaho Falls after Delta discontinued service in 1998. The latest terminal expansion was completed in 2014. It allows TSA screening of baggage to occur out of view of passengers and allows airlines to again check baggage from ticket counters. [4] [5]

Food and beverage service

As of December 1, 2018, Tailwind, a new food, beverage and sundries provider was selected through an open RFP [6] initiated earlier that year. [7] The company is assuming operations in limited mode as proposed renovations take place. The airport expressed a desire to have a vendor that would commit to minimum annual revenue (including a percentage of profits that goes to the airport), specific hours of operation based on flight schedules and out-of-pocket renovations to concession areas. [8]

From 2001 to 2018, the airport restaurant and lounge operator used her own name, Kathryn's. The lounge was operated by this local owner starting in 1999. The restaurant operated limited hours and served basic American fare for breakfasts and lunches Monday through Saturday. At other times, souvenirs, sundries and basic food were available at Kathryn's Snack Shack pre-security screening. In later years of operation, after an airport renovation, Kathryn's Snack Shack also operated post-security on the second level of the airport with coffee, beverages and basic sundries.

The airport has struggled to maintain a viable restaurant operator in the past. The restaurant was known as "Dolores' Place" operated by local restaurant critic Dolores Casella, [9] "Das Kinder Haus" which served German food, and "Runway 21" (1991-1995) which tried to be an upscale steak house and coffee shop. [10] The restaurant has been remodeled once in 1991 and a small fire broke out in 2008 while the restaurant was closed. [11]

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service to/from Idaho Falls Regional Airport as of December 2017: [12]

AirlinesDestinations
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa
Seasonal: Oakland, Los Angeles
Delta Connection Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Minneapolis/St Paul
United Express Denver

Top destinations

Busiest routes from Idaho Falls
(September 2017 - August 2018)
[13]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Salt Lake City, Utah 70,820 Delta
2 Denver, Colorado 42,130 United
3 Phoenix–Mesa, Arizona 21,070 Allegiant
4 Las Vegas, Nevada 14,810 Allegiant
5 Los Angeles, California 3,440 Allegiant
6 Oakland, California 3,240 Allegiant
7 Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota 780 Delta

Airline service history

References

  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for IDA ( Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective August 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "IATA Airport Code Search (IDA: Idaho Falls / Fanning Field)". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  3. ^ "Idaho Falls-Fanning Field". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  4. ^ http://www.postregister.com/articles/featured-news/2014/06/11/idaho-falls-regional-airport-expansion-benefit-travelers
  5. ^ http://www.bizmojoidaho.com/2014/06/remodeled-idaho-falls-terminal-has-open.html
  6. ^ www.idahofallsidaho.gov https://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/DocumentCenter/View/7382/IDA-Food-Beverage-General-Retail-Sept-2018-RFP?bidId=95. Retrieved 2018-12-05. Missing or empty |title= ( help)
  7. ^ rsuppe@postregister.com, By RYAN SUPPE. "Airport restaurant Kathryn's closing after 19 years". Post Register. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  8. ^ https://www.eastidahonews.com/2018/11/new-vendor-taking-over-restaurant-at-idaho-falls-airport-in-december/
  9. ^ Post Register, "Shop Talk" column: Dolores' Place to close
  10. ^ Post Register: East Idaho Digest Feb. 7, 1995
  11. ^ http://www.postregister.com/story.php?accnum=1044-04272008&today=2008-04-27
  12. ^ "Airlines". Idaho Falls Regional Airport. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Aug. 1, 1935 Western Air Express system timetable
  15. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Mar. 1, 1987 Western Airlines system timetable
  16. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Western Airlines system timetables
  17. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Western Airlines system timetables
  18. ^ Feb. 1, 1976 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Idaho Falls flight schedules
  19. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Mar. 1, 1981 Western Airlines system timetable
  20. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Salt Lake City flight schedules
  21. ^ Feb. 1994 OAG Pocket Flight Guide, North American Edition, Salt Lake City flight schedules
  22. ^ http://www.timetableimages.com, Nov. 1, 1954 & April 28, 1968 West Coast Airlines system timetables
  23. ^ http://www.timetableimaages.com, July 1, 1968 Air West system timetable
  24. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, July 1, 1972 Hughes Airwest system timetable
  25. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Oct. 26, 1975 Hughes Airwest system timetable
  26. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 15, 1979 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Denver & Idaho Falls flight schedules
  27. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Nov. 15, 1979 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Idaho Falls flight schedules
  28. ^ http://www.cascadeairways.com/, Oct. 26, 1980 & Oct. 31, 1982 Cascade Airways system timetables
  29. ^ http://www.cascadeairways.com/, April 4, 1985 Cascade Airways system timetable
  30. ^ Denver Business Journal: Frontier Airlines adding 4 Denver routes, expanding others
  31. ^ Frontier drops 19 cities in network revamp
  32. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Feb. 15, 1985 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Boise flight scheduled
  33. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Idaho Falls flight schedules
  34. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, April 2, 1995 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Boise & Oakland flight schedules
  35. ^ Horizon Air will offer Idaho Falls, Seattle nights, Montana Associated Technology Roundtables, June 24, 2003
  36. ^ Horizon Ending Pocatello Flights Jan. 8, Alaska Airlines press release, November 18, 2005
  37. ^ http://www.alaskaair.com/content/route-map.aspx
  38. ^ 53.aspx Press Release: Horizon Air Bringing IDA Larger Aircraft, Bozeman Nonstops and More
  39. ^ "Horizon Air Announces Changes to Fall Schedule" (Press release). Horizon Air. June 16, 2010. Retrieved June 16, 2010.
  40. ^ Post Register: Airport Adds Denver Flights
  41. ^ https://www.united.com
  42. ^ Post Register: Northwest coming to I.F. airport, service to begin this summer
  43. ^ Flights Between Idaho Falls - Minneapolis Announced
  44. ^ Facebook.com - SeaPort Airlines status update
  45. ^ The Oregonian, Portland: Seaport Airlines Raises Concerns in Some Communities, Hopes in Others
  46. ^ KIFI-TV: SeaPort President Weighs In On Discontinued Flight
  47. ^ Post Register: Big Sky Airlines Cuts I.F. Service
  48. ^ Post Register, December 17, 2000 Air Passenger Numbers Still Gaining Altitude
  49. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, April 2, 1995 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Salt Lake City flight schedules
  50. ^ https://www.delta.com
  51. ^ Post Register: American Pulls out of I.F.
  52. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide, Idaho Falls & Salt Lake City flight schedules
  53. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, April 1, 1981 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Idaho Falls flight schedules
  54. ^ http://www.departedflights.com, Aug. 1, 1982 Republic Airlines system timetable
  55. ^ Spokane Spokesman Review: August 7, 1982 - Republic to drop 2 Cities

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