SkyWest Airlines to build new $20 million maintenance facility in Boise
The Boise Airport, the City of Boise, the State of Idaho and the Idaho Department of Commerce announced today that SkyWest Airlines has selected the Boise Airport for the location of its new maintenance facility.
“We’ve been impressed with the collaborative approach Boise and Idaho leaders took in assessing and meeting the requirements for our new facility, and we know we’ve selected the right location to meet our fleet and network needs,” said Mike Thompson, SkyWest Airlines Chief Operating Officer.
The announcement comes following a visit earlier this year to SkyWest headquarters in St. George, Utah, by Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Airport Director Rebecca Hupp, Boise Valley Economic Partnership’s Jana Jones and representatives from the Idaho Department of Commerce and Jackson Jet Center.
SkyWest plans to immediately hire for and operate an interim facility at the Jackson Jet Center until its new maintenance facility is constructed. Groundbreaking on the new 100,000-square feet of hangar space and 35,000-square feet of office space is expected this fall.
“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. “Thank you to SkyWest for sharing our faith in Boise’s promising future.”
The SkyWest maintenance facility, known as Project Sky during the negotiation phase, is the first to use Idaho’s new Tax Reimbursement Incentive.
“When our Department of Commerce came forward with the TRI as a key tool to drive our state’s economic growth, this is exactly the type of project we were targeting – one that puts Idahoans to work with high-wage jobs and has long-term impact on the future growth for our region,” said Governor “Butch” Otter.
SkyWest is projected to hire 50 full-time, benefited employees in 2015 to service the interim facility, with an estimated expansion to 100 employees over the 12-year term of the incentive.
When the project is fully staffed, the economic impact to the state of Idaho will include new total wages in excess of $5.4 million a year and new sales and income tax revenues for the state of approximately $350,000 a year.
The projected average annual wage is $52,000, well above the average Ada County wage. SkyWest is approved to receive a TRI credit of 25 percent for a term of 12 years, and a community match from the City of Boise for more than $2.5 million through provision of infrastructure build out and financing.
“SkyWest plans for its future, and our long-term Master Plan for development of the Airport, align perfectly and allow us to move forward in connecting our existing airfield to undeveloped land to the southeast,” said Boise Airport Director Rebecca Hupp.
The airline plans to maintain a variety of single and dual-class aircraft at the Boise facility, with several aircraft housed overnight in the final facility once complete.