Bellingham International Airport BLI
is located in the north-western corner of the State of Washington, Whatcom County , and is close to the Canadian Border. Situated between the beautiful San Juan Islands and the Mount Baker area, it serves year--round as gateway to a host of recreational areas. In April 2016 it was reported that the Airport is the highest-rated small hub in the U.S. - with 93 percent of travelers giving it high marks.
BLI Airport is located within city limits of Bellingham - just off Interstate Hwy. 5 (Exit 258) - half an hour south of the Canadian Border and 90 miles north of Seattle's SeaTac Airport. If coming from south take a left on West Bakerview Rd., if coming from north, take a right instead.
With 834,000 passengers in 2016 (but expected to rise again if Canadian currency becomes more attractive) - the Airport is served by some major & smaller airlines offering regular flights to Sea-Tac and other western airports, as well as to Hawaii, with connections worldwide. San Juan Airlines offers scheduled & charter flights.
the Airport is open 24/7; ticket countes and security open 3:30am and close with last flight of the day. Airlines have their own hours of operation.
For information on crossing the U.S. / Canadian Border,
including waiting times, open" portofbellingham.com; click 'Airport" and select 'Airport Travel Tips' - OR - click on "Crossing the U.S. / Canadian Border".
The new Airport Holiday Inn
with 150 rooms is on airport grounds.
The passenger terminal at Bellingham Airport
was under continuous upgrade & expansion between 2010 and early 2014. The terminal is divided on the gound level between Arrivals (left) & Departures (right). Note that tourism ambassadors (recognized by their teal vests) are at hand to help passengers. Free high-speed WiFi is now available - thanks to @pogozone.
The Departures area
houses the ticket lobby at the right end of the ground level , and offers Halibut Henry's NW Gifts & Cafe. After TSA screening checkpoint, in the restricted area, is Scotty Brown's Restaurant/Lounge & Halibut Henry's Gifts & Cafe; leading to the boarding area with gates A, B, C, D & E.
The Arrivals area
has Baggage Claims 1 & 2, with baggage service office, rental car counters & access to gift shop/cafe.
Airlines currently serving the passenger terminal:
Alaska (800-252-7522) to Seattle SEA & Portland PDX
Allegiant (702-505-8888) to Las Vegas LAS.
Island Air (360-378-2376)
San Juan Airlines (900-984-4434)
Sun Country htttp://www.suncountry.com