BOISE -- Four new direct flights at the Boise Airport will start this summer.

Delta has a flight from Boise to Los Angeles International Airport starting Friday, June 6; Southwest will be flying from Boise to Chicago Midway International Airport starting Sunday, June 8; Alaska Airlines will begin flying from Boise to Salt Lake International Airport on Monday, June 16; and starting on Wednesday, August 20, United Airlines will fly from Boise to Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

The Boise Airport already has direct flights Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, but the new direct flights create competition for the airlines. The Houston and Chicago-Midway flights are new routes.

Houston is just a huge success for us because it brings out total number of non-stops to 19, and it really opens up a part of the country and destinations that we've not had direct access to before, said Rebecca Hupp, Boise Airport director.

This will at least give us a fighting chance at continuing that momentum and adding more service, said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter at Tuesday's Boise City Council meeting. It's obviously of such importance that we get as many routes to as many places as we can, being the remote city that we are. So we're real pleased with the progress on this, and hope to have some more.

Tuesday, the City Council also passed an expanded incentive program for airlines.The current incentive program gives airlines discounts on services the airlines pay to the airport for the first year of service.

The new program would expand that to include new facilities at the airport, to include perhaps new ticket counter space or parking spots for aircraft, if in fact they need those new facilities to provide the service, said Hupp.

Hupp told KTVB the incentive program has worked well here so far, and hopes it can entice airlines to add more new flights.

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