Thursday, October 25, 2012

Study: More International Travel Originates in Boise

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM

An increasing number of passengers flying out of the Boise Airport are making certain they have their U.S. passports.

A new study released this morning by the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program indicates that there has been a 17.5 percent increase in international travel by passengers starting their trips at the Boise Airport.

The majority of Boise-based international travelers—36 percent—are heading to Latin America or Caribbean destinations. Western Europe and developed Asian nations are the second- and third-most popular international destinations.

Additionally, the study indicates that most Boise-based international travelers use Phoenix as their connecting point, followed by San Francisco and Chicago.

The study also reveals that while the nation's largest 100 metro areas, including Boise, handle 96 percent of all international passengers, the top 100 receive only 36 percent of federal funds for infrastructure maintenance and improvements. Instead, the study says capital programs favor smaller airports at the expense of larger ones by "inefficiently focusing more on geographic equity for distribution of funds."

New York City leads the nation in the majority of international travelers, followed by Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C..

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