Southwest Airlines announced October 27 that it will start flights from Bellingham to Denver starting April 2023. The seasonal flights will be nonstop and only offered on Saturdays.
“As passenger traffic returns to pre-pandemic levels, the port will continue working with Southwest to increase service to Denver and connect passengers to new destinations,” port executive director Rob Fix wrote in a statement. The Port of Bellingham operates Bellingham International Airport (BLI).
The announcement comes nearly a year after Southwest flew its inaugural flight into Bellingham last November. Since it started operating in Bellingham, the Dallas-based airline company has offered direct flights to Oakland twice daily and Las Vegas once daily, which connect to other Southwest flights headed to major cities.
The flight from Bellingham to Denver International Airport will depart at 11:40 a.m. on Saturdays and arrive at 3:15 p.m. The return flight leaves Denver at 10:35 p.m. and arrives in Bellingham at 12:25 a.m. Tickets from Bellingham and Denver are available now at southwest.com.
“There is strong demand for eastbound flights from travelers who like to avoid the traffic and crowds at major airports in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.,” wrote Bobby Briscoe, commission president for the Port of Bellingham, in a statement. “BLI offers one of the best travel experiences in the nation and we are thrilled Southwest is expanding its service destinations.”
In addition to Southwest, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Airlines and San Juan Airlines offer flights from Bellingham.
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