March a busy month for Bellingham airport traffic

Posted by DAVE GALLAGHER on April 10, 2014 

BELLINGHAM - After a slow winter, airport traffic rebounded in March at Bellingham International Airport.

Last month, 60,543 people flew out of the airport, according to data collected by the Port of Bellingham. That's the second-highest monthly total ever in Bellingham, with the record of 61,402 passengers flying out of the airport set in March 2013.

March tends to be one of the busiest months of the year, with people traveling during spring break and to attend the NCAA basketball tournaments, said Dan Zenk, aviation director at the port.

While March was busy, traffic at the Bellingham airport for the first quarter was down 6.9 percent compared to the first quarter of 2013. February was particularly slow, with about 7,000 fewer passengers in 2014 compared to February 2013.

"The first quarter of the year is always slow, however, this year I believe there were fewer people flying overall," Zenk said in an email.

This summer could have fewer passengers flying out of the airport than last year, as Allegiant cuts out summer flights to Hawaii for the first time. Zenk said that while the overall numbers could decline, the percentage of people on the scheduled flights should remain high.

Along with regular year-round flights to a variety of West Coast destinations from Bellingham, Frontier Airlines is preparing for its Bellingham-to-Denver seasonal flights starting Friday, May 16.

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