reopens for business
parking virtually unavailable
Express Staff Writer
Friedman Memorial Airport reopened Thursday at 9:55 p.m. following a
FAA-ordered shutdown Sept. 11 in the wake of coordinated hijackings and
terrorists attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.
police and a trained dog inspected about 90 cars for explosives at the
Hailey airport last Wednesday. Express photo by Travis Purser
and SkyWest were scheduling a limited number of commercial flights on
Friday. Charter and air taxi service was also allowed. But Tuesday,
general aviation relying on visual navigation, was still grounded.
security the FAA suddenly required last week threw airports across the
country for a loop. To protect against car bombs, onsite parking at the
Friedman terminal has been all but prohibited. And with stricter security
inside the terminal, Horizon Air recommends passengers arrive two hours
early. SkyWest recommends an hour.
may be dropped off at the terminal entrance, but any vehicle left
unattended within 300 feet of the terminal curbside will be towed, said,
Pete Kramer, airport chief of operations
should expect to be subject to greater scrutiny than in the past.
your bag will be inspected. You may be asked more questions," said
Horizon representative Cheryl Temple. "Things will move more slowly
also announced Friday that airports at Boise, Idaho Falls and Salt Lake
City were cleared for resumption of commercial flights.
arrived from Salt Lake City Friday at 12:40 p.m. The FAA lifted some
flight restrictions Thursday at 9:55 p.m. Express
photo by Travis Purser
Some of the
first passengers to fly into Hailey after the three-day shutdown exited a
SkyWest plane at about 12:40 p.m. Friday. They said they didn’t mind
negotiating tougher security and were grateful to arrive.
missed her father-in-law’s 60th birthday on Wednesday because she was
stuck in California. She said she had to relinquish a small nail file
before boarding a plane in Orange County.
was angry because he followed an airline’s recommendations to arrive two
hours early at an airport, but the ticket counter didn’t open until half
an hour before his flight, creating a logjam of passengers, he said.
Wynne, traveling with her husband and two small children back to Dallas
from Sun Valley Friday, was quickly reorganizing the contents of her
luggage at the check-in counter in anticipation of a long layover in Salt
Lake City, where the family still did not have a connecting flight booked.
really nervous. I’m nervous about hanging out at airports for three
hours," she said.
One of the
major tasks Friedman management had to accomplish before flights resumed
was securing the parking lot.
police officers used a bomb-sniffing dog Wednesday afternoon to inspect
about 90 parked cars at Friedman.
posted at the parking lot entrance, and Kramer said, once travelers
returned and drove their cars out, any vehicle returning to park there
would be searched for explosives. He expected only airport employees’
cars and rental cars to be allowed in the lot in the future.
short-term parking no longer available, Kramer recommended that travelers
plan to be dropped off at the terminal.
long-term lot that holds about 25 cars is still open, but with few spaces
generally available there, travelers should call ahead to check for
availability (Ampco: 788-6544).
Manager Rick Baird, who was on vacation and unreachable where he was
hunting near the headwaters of the Little Wood River during the airport
shutdown, returned for work on Friday.
he was immediately concerned with finding a solution to the new parking
shortage. He expected the FAA to allow the airport to install a
six-foot-high cement barricade 100 feet from the terminal curb and to then
allow most of the parking lot to be reopened. The $6,000 to $10,000
project could be completed Friday, he said.
long-term, he said, he will focus on preparing the airport to more easily
cope with sudden FAA-imposed changes in security.