If you are heading to the Bellingham International Airport during the next two weeks, be prepared for some creative parking solutions. Spring Break season has filled the Port of Bellingham’s airport parking lots and the port is working to accommodate travelers.
“Our motto is that we never turn people away, but it is a challenge during this popular vacation season,” said Aviation Director Daniel Zenk. “Our regular lots are full and we are opening up new areas as quickly as possible, as well as allowing on-street extended parking.”
The port has 2,800 regular parking spaces around the airport and estimated that on Friday the parking lots were nearly full at the airport. The parking crunch only occurs during a few peak times and has been eased somewhat by several nearby private parking lots. But Zenk reported that, as of Friday, most of the private lots also were full.
While most of the year the port encourages customers to park at the airport, during these next two weeks the Port of Bellingham is encouraging local travelers to carpool, use taxis or get friends and family to deliver them to the airport. The Bellingham airport has 114 commercial aviation departures per week in March.
“We will maintain our policy of not turning people away, but our locations during this busy time may not be as convenient as people have come to expect,” Zenk said.
The Bellingham International Airport is operated by the Port of Bellingham, a countywide local government. The airport is served by four commercial airlines, Allegiant Air, Alaska Air, Horizon Air and Frontier Airlines. Together the airlines offer non-stop service from Bellingham to eleven different destinations.
The port also operates all Whatcom County transportation terminals including the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, the Fairhaven Transportation Station (with Amtrak, Greyhound and Whatcom Transportation bus service) and marinas in Bellingham and Blaine.
Find out more about the Port of Bellingham at www.portofbellingham.com