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Gem Air is a commuter airline that operates services out of its hub base, Lemhi County Airport (SMN) in Salmon, the county of Idaho in the US. The airline was founded in 1968 and has regularly scheduled flights between Boise Airport (BOI), McCall Municipal Airport (MYL), Lemhi County Airport (SMN) and Stanley Airport (PSY).

The airline carrier flies to four cities within Idaho. Overall, the airline has a fleet of eight with turboprop aircraft ranging from Brittems, Pipers and Cessnas that can in total carry 59 passengers at one time.

In 1968, the airline was formed as Salmon Air and the name of later changed to Gem Air and the former owners of Salmon Air sold the name to McCall Aviation.


As of September 2020, the airline has scheduled flights to the four destinations within the US. These destinations include Boise Airport, McCall Municipal Airport, Lemhi County Airport and Stanley Airport. If you're looking to fly within the US, our guide to domestic flights within USA offers lots of helpful information.

United States Boise BOI Boise Airport
United States McCall MYL McCall Municipal Airport
United States Lemhi SMN Lemhi County Airport
United States Stanley PSY Stanley Airport

Baggage Allowance

Checked Baggage

Gem Air's passengers are permitted to take 16kg of baggage per person without a charge. Any additional baggage weighing more than 16kg will be charged at the current excess baggage rate.

Economy Class

As the airline only has small flights, there is only one cabin class that is offered, which is the basic Economy class. The airline provides you with amenities such as the one free checked piece of baggage, refreshments, drinks and the choice of selecting your seat.


Seats are positioned in a 1 x 2 formation depending on the aircraft, ensuring that each passenger will sit by either a window, aisle or both.

Check-In Information

Check-In Online

Online check-in before your flight isn't required when travelling with the airline.

Airport Check-In

The day that you arrive at the airport terminal, you will be required to hand your tangible boarding pass and the airline will take care of any luggage that you have. Getting checked-in will takes a few minutes. The airline requests passengers to arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled departure and arriving early enough is important as it allows the airline to get you checked-in and your bags on board without any delay.

Connecting Flights

Ensure at least 75 minutes between your scheduled Gem Air arrival and your scheduled airline departure. This is so you have time to check-in for your flight, check any bags and get yourself through security.


As of September 2020, the airline operates a fleet of 8 aircraft:

  • 2 x Britten-Norman Islander (9 passengers per aircraft)
  • 1 x Cessna 206 (5 passengers per aircraft)
  • 1 x Cessna 210 (5 passengers per aircraft)
  • 1 x Cessna 208 (9 passengers per aircraft)
  • 1 x Cessna 172(4 passengers per aircraft)
  • 2 x Piper PA-31 (9 passengers per aircraft)

Hub Airport

Anchorage Aiport (ANC)

Lemhi County Airport (SMN) is a public airport within the County of Lemhi, Idaho, United States. The airport has one runway and covers airport covers 259 acres. It is located in the 6km south of the central business district of Salmon.

Gem Air is the only airline that flies from and to Lemhi County Airport (SMN).

Other airlines that are based in Idaho include Empire Airlines (Kootenai County).

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