After adding three nonstop flights, the Boise airport is seeing its main carrier cut many of its routes, including almost no fall or winter service for the region’s only direct trip to the capital of the Texas.
Alaska Airlines will suspend its daily flight between Boise and Austin beginning Oct. 1, primarily due to crew shortages, Seattle-based airline spokesman Ray Lane told the Idaho Statesman via email. . The route will briefly be restored to reduced service for Thanksgiving and Christmas, he said, but is not expected to return until at least mid-March 2023.
The Boise to Austin flight – a popular destination for food, culture and music, echoing the slogan “Keep Austin Weird” – is just over a year old, after Alaska launched the service in June 2021 With this addition, the airline has benefited from the airport‘s new route incentive program, according to a Boise airport spokesperson.
To help encourage new destinations year-round, the airport’s incentive program offers rebates and marketing credits for the fees airlines typically pay for terminal and runway use. Alaska met the terms of its one-year deal to receive the maximum grant of about $75,000 for the route from Austin before suspending the flight until the 2022 holiday season.
“We understand that Alaska is adjusting some of its route frequencies,” Boise Airport spokeswoman Shawna Samuelson told The Statesman via email. “Airlines have the option to continue to adjust their schedules. As flight schedules adjust, all related incentive amounts are recalculated to reflect actual service.
Boise passengers hoping to fly nonstop to Texas in the meantime can still hop on American Airlines’ daily flight to Dallas/Fort Worth or United Airlines‘ daily flight to Houston.
Also in October, Alaska will end its daily nonstop service between Boise and Chicago-O’Hare International Airport, reducing the flight to three days a week: Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays. The airline launched this route in June 2021 but received no airport incentives, as American and United offer the same service.
“The primary reason for our decision to adjust service on various flights is due to a crew shortage that was unanticipated when we established our schedule several months ago,” said Lane, a spokesperson for Alaska Airlines.
Alaska offers nonstop flights between Boise and 17 destinations — 16 after it temporarily suspended the route from Austin — and remains Boise Airport’s main commercial airline. The airport will add a 27th nonstop destination among its nine airlines when aha! the airlines begin direct service later this month to Reno-Tahoe International Airport, where the low-cost airline is based.
Alaska added service between Boise and Southern California’s Hollywood Burbank Airport in May, and in June it added flights to Las Vegas and Idaho Falls. Burbank’s route competes directly with Boise airport’s new addition, Avelo Airlines, and its Las Vegas flight competes with other newcomers, Spirit Airlines, as well as Southwest Airlines and Allegiant Air.
But starting in October, about three months after the Las Vegas route launched, Alaska will reduce its frequency. The flight will increase from a daily service to four times a week, according to a review of the airline’s booking website.
Spirit’s new flight to Las Vegas remains a daily route, as does service from Southwest. Allegiant flies round trip twice a week, Mondays and Fridays.
Additionally, Alaska will reduce its flights between Boise and Los Angeles and San Francisco to four days a week — as well as to Everett, Washington, which began in June 2020.
BoiseDev was the first to report on planned route reductions in Alaska.
This story was originally published August 19, 2022 3:17 p.m.