Release #: 19.21
July 17, 2019

ALPA Names Boise Airport “Airport of the Year”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—At its 65th Air Safety Forum today, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) honored Boise Airport (BOI) in Boise, Idaho, Airport of the Year for its collaborative approach to keeping aviation safety the top priority by regularly seeking input from pilots and other industry stakeholders.

“The Boise Airport team clearly understands the importance of staying ahead of the safety curve at all times,” said Capt. Joe DePete, ALPA’s president. “The airport proactively solicits ALPA pilots’ expertise and feedback on numerous issues, which ultimately helps mitigate potential operational issues down the road. Boise Airport is a stellar aviation safety partner, and ALPA commends its proactive and collaborative operating philosophy.”

The Boise metropolitan area is in the midst of swift growth, and airport officials are anticipating BOI growing to a midsize airport over the next few years. Airport officials actively requested ALPA to be a party to the master plan update for growth at the airport. This is just one example of how Boise Airport officials are collaborating with ALPA and aviation stakeholders to keep safety at the forefront of the process and directly increase the level of safety.

“The Boise Airport is honored to receive the Airport of the Year Award from the ALPA,” said Boise Airport Director Rebecca Hupp. “We believe it’s integral to the airport’s success to have collaborative discussions with all our stakeholders. This is especially true when we’re making safety related decisions regarding infrastructure and operational procedures. We value the thoughtful input from ALPA, and look forward to maintaining our strong relationship so the Boise Airport can continue its outstanding safety performance.”

Each year, ALPA’s Airport and Ground Environment Group selects the Airport of the Year from nominations made by ALPA’s regional airport safety chairmen and airport safety liaisons who represent pilots’ interests at more than 150 airports in the United States and Canada. Nominations range from small regional airports to some of the busiest airports in North America, but all nominees share a common commitment to the highest safety standards.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents over 62,000 pilots at 35 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Visit the ALPA website at or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA.


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