Allegiant Travel Co. will offer nonstop flights between Boise and Honolulu later this year, giving the Boise Airport a new airline. Allegiant, which also flies out of Idaho Falls, will also add nonstop flights between Boise and Las Vegas.
Airport director Rebecca Hupp said staff worked for two years to line up the service with Allegiant. The airline needed much of that time to win approval to fly to Hawaii. Allegiant bought Boeing 757 planes in 2010 specifically to fly to Hawaii and received the go-ahead from the Federal Aviation Administration in June. The airline is launching direct service to Hawaii from mid-size and smaller markets, including Spokane and Bellingham, Wash. and several smaller California airports, including Fresno and Monterey.