Wednesday, September 3, 2014

It's Official: SkyWest to Build $20 Million Boise Airport Facility

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 9:09 AM

City of Boise and state of Idaho officials confirmed late Tuesday what Boise Weekly readers first got wind of on Aug. 24: SkyWest is poised to build a new Boise Airport facility on a 45-acre undeveloped parcel of land.

As BW reported in August, internal city documents indicated that SkyWest had designs to build a new aircraft maintenance hangar off of Gowen Road, totaling nearly 150,000 square feet. While the Boise-based McAlvain Construction Company secures conditional use permits for the hangar, the Boise Airport is moving forward with review by the Federal Aviation Administration.

A big part of the deal is a new sweetheart tax deal—approved earlier this year by the Idaho Legislature—that cuts the tax bill to any company that will bring in at least 50 new jobs to an urban area. And that would apply to out-of-state companies, including SkyWest.

“The SkyWest facility announcement is evidence of the significant role our airport plays in not only connecting our business community to the world, but in driving job expansion and new investment here,” said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter in Tuesday's announcement. “Thank you to SkyWest for sharing our faith in Boise’s promising future.”

Earlier this summer, Bieter announced that the city was in the running for a new regional SkyWest maintenance building at the Boise Airport, which could translate to a $20 million to $30 million construction investment.

SkyWest is a regional carrier for Alaska, Delta and United airlines out of the Boise Airport and has a total 334 aircraft in its fleet.

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