Idaho Falls Regional Airport

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Idaho Falls Regional Airport

Fanning Field
IDA baggage.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Idaho Falls
ServesIdaho Falls, Idaho
Location2140 N. Skyline Dr.
Elevation AMSL4,744 ft / 1,446 m
Coordinates43°30′49″N 112°04′15″W / 43.51361°N 112.07083°W / 43.51361; -112.07083Coordinates: 43°30′49″N 112°04′15″W / 43.51361°N 112.07083°W / 43.51361; -112.07083
WebsiteOfficial website
FAA Airport Diagram as of January 2021
FAA Airport Diagram as of January 2021
IDA is located in Idaho
IDA is located in the United States
Direction Length Surface
ft m
3/21 9,002 2,744 Asphalt
17/35 4,051 1,235 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Aircraft operations33,152
Based aircraft171
Idaho Falls Airport Historic District
Location2381 Foote Dr.,
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Coordinates43°31′02″N 112°03′30″W / 43.51722°N 112.05833°W / 43.51722; -112.05833
Area4 acres (1.6 ha)
ArchitectC.R. Black
Architectural styleRustic
NRHP reference No.97001126[2]
Added to NRHPSeptember 10, 1997

Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IATA: IDA[3], ICAO: KIDA, FAA LID: IDA) is two miles north west west Downtown Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States.[1] It was formerly known as Fanning Field.[4] It is the second-busiest airport in Idaho after Boise Airport.

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


Idaho Falls Regional Airport covers 866 acres (350 ha) at an elevation of 4,744 feet (1,446 m). It has two asphalt runways: 3/21 is 9,012 by 150 feet (2,744 x 46 m) and 17/35 is 4,051 by 75 feet (1,235 x 23 m).[1]

In 2010 the airport had 38,447 aircraft operations, average 105 per day: 74% general aviation, 19% air taxi, 6% airline and 1% military. 169 aircraft were then based at this airport: 73% single-engine, 18% multi-engine, 4% jet, 3% helicopter, and 2% glider.[1]


A historic portion on the east side of the airport was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. The listing included two contributing buildings and a contributing structure on 4 acres (1.6 ha):[2] an aircraft hangar, an administrator or caretaker's cabin, and a beacon tower, as well as a surrounding landscaped area. It "represents" the original site of operations for the Idaho Falls Airport. The hangar was still in use in 1996.[5]


The airport terminal has seen significant expansions and a partial re-build. The current terminal was built in 1959, expanded in 1982 and the boarding area torn down and retrofitted with jetways for smaller aircraft in the mid-2000s. The previous terminal was designed with jetways for 737s, which stopped arriving in Idaho Falls after Delta pulled out in 1998. In 2014, an expansion project was completed. It consisted of moving TSA screening of baggage out of view of passengers and allowed airlines to again check baggage from ticket counters.[6][7] In 2019, the airport saw a need for a bigger baggage claim area. The existing carousel was replaced by 2 new baggage carousels. In addition a new rental car parking lot was constructed. A remodeling project began in 2020 that will upgrade the amenities at the airport. It consists of 2 new gates and a relocated TSA screening and check-in area.[8]

Food and beverage service[edit]

As of December 1, 2018 Tailwind, a new food, beverage and sundries provider was selected through an open RFP initiated earlier that year.[9] 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.[10]

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,[11] "Das Kinder Haus" which served German food, and "Runway 21" (1991-1995) which tried to be an upscale steak house and coffee shop.[12] The restaurant has been remodeled once in 1991 and a small fire broke out in 2008 while the restaurant was closed.[13]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma (begins June 17, 2021)[14]
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa, Portland (OR) (begins May 28, 2021)[15]
Seasonal: Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego[16]
American EagleDallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix–Sky Harbor (both begin June 3, 2021)[17]
Delta Connection Salt Lake City
Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
United Express Denver

Cargo Destinations

Alpine Air Express Salt Lake City


Top domestic destinations:
(December 2019 - November 2020)[18]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Salt Lake City, Utah 43,000 Delta
2 Denver, Colorado 32,000 United
3 Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona 18,000 Allegiant
4 Las Vegas, Nevada 10,000 Allegiant
5 Oakland, California 2,000 Allegiant
5 San Diego, California 2,000 Allegiant

For the year 2019, 175,028 Non-Stop Segment Passengers flew in and out of Idaho Falls Airport. [19]

Airline history[edit]


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