BOISE — The Boise Airport will add another lane to its security checkpoint, bringing the total to six.
The additional lane will increase passenger throughput by 26% during peak periods, according to a news release from the airport. The addition comes as 2019 is projected to be the airport’s busiest year ever, with more than 4 million people projected to pass through the facility.
“In the past five years, passenger traffic has increased by 50%,” Airport Director Rebecca Hupp said in a press release. “...By adding a sixth lane, we can ensure that passenger experience at the security checkpoint remains positive as the airport continues to grow.”
The need is especially acute during the morning hours, which, according to the release, is when a quarter of the airport’s departures occur. And it’s not just the airport that has had to make changes to accommodate increased traffic — airlines have had to increase aircraft size as well, according to the release.
The new lane will be open initially between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. which, according to the release, is when checkpoint lines are longest.