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Posted on: June 15, 2021

Southwest Airlines Announces Destinations from Bellingham International Airport

Southwest Airlines has announced twice daily service between Bellingham and Oakland and once daily service between Bellingham and Las Vegas starting on November 7, 2021.  One-way fares as low as $39 are available at

“We are off to a great start with Southwest Airlines” said Port Commissioner Michael Shepard.  “Las Vegas and the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area are popular destinations with convenient Southwest connections throughout the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.  Southwest’s reputation for exceptional customer service will be a great fit with the culture of our region and we look forward to a successful long-term partnership with additional non-stop destinations in the near future.

Southwest is consistently ranked the most popular airline in North America with low fares, free checked bags, free entertainment and no fees to change or cancel flights.  Southwest celebrates 50 years of service on June 18, 2021.

“Recruiting a new airline to Bellingham has been one of my top priorities as Port Commissioner” said Port Commission President Ken Bell.  “Despite the global pandemic, we have been able to reduce operating costs at the airport, authorize an air service incentive program and increase communication with all the major airlines.  I’m thrilled the Port is now able to offer air service on Southwest Airlines, the most popular airline in America.”

Each Southwest flight from Bellingham will offer 175 single class seats with easy connections on one of the most extensive flight networks in the continental United States and Hawaii.  There are over 30 non-stop Southwest connections from Oakland including Hawaii and Denver, and over 60 non-stop Southwest connections from Las Vegas including Dallas, Orlando, and Miami.   Southwest serves over 100 destinations throughout the US, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Southwest Airlines is interested in expanding service from BLI and may add additional destinations based on passenger demand

“Southwest Airlines is a big win for the citizens of Whatcom County” said Port Commissioner Bobby Briscoe.  “In addition to added convenience and flexibility for our business and recreational travelers, Southwest Airlines will create jobs in our community, increase tourism and boost the regional economy.  I will be strongly advocating for Anchorage as the next Southwest destination in support of the many working waterfront businesses in our region with ties to Alaska.”  

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