Idaho Falls Regional Airport Master Plan

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Aerial view of the airport grounds and runways facing south.

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Master Plan Overview

The Airport Master Plan is a comprehensive study of the airport to help identify the short, medium, and long-term development plans needed to support future aviation demand. The plan provides the developmental framework for the airport to ensure appropriate planning for future needs.

The plan is updated every five to 10 years to ensure compliance with changes in airport design, economic changes, technological changes in aviation and passenger travel needs. The last Master Plan was completed in 2010.

This current comprehensive master planning process was initiated in August of 2021. Studies completed during the undertaking detail an increase in passenger travel and significant growth in air cargo operations.

You can view each chapter developed under the master plan for more detailed information on the analysis.

Master Plan work overview. Airport Master Plans are normally a 2 year process. Project initiated in July 2021. Kick-off meeting in August 2021. Public Open House with forecast and facility requirements was in October 2022. We are here: Alternative developments to meet facility requirements. Preferred alternative selection is next. Plan implementation and Airport Layout Plan (ALP) over the next year. 70 percent of the technical aspects of the Idaho Falls Master Plan are complete, including: introduction, existing conditions, forecast of aviation demand, facility requirements, environmental overview, recycling plan, compliance, and survey.

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Steps in the Master Plan Process

Completed 2022
Existing conditions relative to the airport’s facilities and operating environment will be obtained and documented through review of prior studies, observation, interviews with airport staff and stakeholders, and other applicable information.

Completed 2022
Facility requirements are primarily determined by technical analysis of existing facility data relative to forecast demand. For those facilities whereby a technical analysis cannot be used to assess facility needs, stakeholder input, industry standards, and professional judgment are relied upon to establish future needs. In some cases, facility improvements are based on a prescribed calendar schedule. In other cases, facility requirements will rely upon demand level trigger points to establish a need for additional capacity. A trigger point is the point at which demand exceeds capacity, degrading facility performance or level-of-service, and triggering a need for an improved or expanded facility. Public input will include opportunities to comment on future stakeholder needs and to learn more about FAA regulations and other development criteria and factors. The results of the facility requirements analysis will provide the foundation for alternatives development.

2022 Ongoing
Alternatives development begins with developing evaluation criteria based on the facility requirements. Next, alternative concepts for future airport development are roughed out. These concepts are then evaluated so that alternatives that meet the evaluation criteria, and therefore meet facility needs, will move forward. Alternatives that meet the criteria are further refined and evaluated again against the criteria. At the end of this step, a draft preferred alternative will be selected by the Airport, taking public and stakeholder input into consideration.

Spring 2024
Based on the results of evaluation and public input, the Airport will select a single preferred alternative that best meets the goals and objectives defined during project initiation, reflected in the evaluation criteria. Selecting the preferred alternative is the key decision to be made in the Plan process.

Summer 2024
The facilities implementation plan provides recommendations on how to implement and fund the Plan and the preferred alternative. This often includes a development schedule, cost estimates, financial projections, identification of interrelated projects, and special considerations. Airport drawings that make up the Airport Layout Plan will depict proposed developments that make up the preferred alternative.

Fall 2024
Plan conditions, findings, and development plans will be documented in a draft and final report. The report will include a summary of public involvement activities, evaluation of the process, and outcomes. The report will include a financial feasibility analysis for identified improvements. The Final Report will be published and made available, including a Comment-Response Report.

Forecast Summary and Critical Aircraft

Passenger enplanements are projected to grow at 1.9%. Cargo movement is projected to grow at 3.9%. Overall operations are projected to grow at 0.9%.

Critical aircraft include the following:

Commercial Airline: Airbus A319/320

Side view of an Allegiant commercial airline Airbus A319/320.

Cargo: ATR 72

Side view of a FedEx cargo ATR 72.

General Aviation: Challenger 300

Side view of general aviation Challenger 300.

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Potential Alternatives

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Aerial Plan Documents

Phase 1 and 2

  • Relocate ARFF and FedEx
  • Relocate the rental cars
  • Expand the terminal building
  • Realign and widen Skyline Drive
  • Add a transit station near the terminal
  • Relocate and expand employee parking
  • Add a cell phone waiting lot
  • Add a parking garage
  • Expand the SRE building and maintenance yard
  • Add a second lane at the terminal curbside
  • Relocate the Airport Traffic Control Tower


Project schedule: Project Kick-off August 2022. Completion of inventory, forecasts and facility requirements, fall 2022. Presentation of the Draft Alternatives, January 2024. Presentatino of the Draft Documents, Summer 2024. Final Documents to city council, Fall 2024.

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Stay Involved

Thank you for participating in the Airport Master Plan process. We will continue to keep the community informed and listen to and acknowledge concerns as we incorporate public input into the plan.


For more information, contact:

Wayne Reiter, A.A.E.
Aviation Planner

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