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Bellingham airport launches online parking fee calculator

The parking lot at the Bellingham International Airport is packed April 18, 2012. The airport's website now has a parking calculator that allows drivers to estimate how much parking will cost; find it at flyBLI.com.
The parking lot at the Bellingham International Airport is packed April 18, 2012. The airport's website now has a parking calculator that allows drivers to estimate how much parking will cost; find it at flyBLI.com. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

It should now be easier for people flying out of Bellingham airport to figure out about how much it will cost to park while they’re out of town.

The Bellingham International Airport website now includes a parking calculator that allows drivers to punch in the length of time their car might sit in the airport’s different lots and quickly see a price estimate.

Parking rates are one of the most common things travelers ask about, so the Port of Bellingham wanted to make that information easy for visitors to find, said Marie Duckworth, airport landside supervisor.

“It’s good customer service to the public,” Duckworth said. “People could figure it out before, but now the calculator will do the math for you.”

In addition to the calculator, the parking page includes a clickable map that shows the different rates at a glance.

The tool can be found at flyBLIparking.com, part of the port’s recent effort to revamp the airport website, which included launching the easier to remember URL: flyBLI.com.

The new site includes virtual tours for those who haven’t flown through Bellingham before, as well as quick links to find ways to get to and from the airport and check the status of your flight.

In general, the update is part of continuing work on the new Port of Bellingham website launched in September 2014.

The updated site is easier to use on cellphones and tablets, a change that was needed as more than half of the people going to the site get there from a device other than a desktop computer, Duckworth said.

In general, port staff worked with CivicPlus, the company designing the site, to put the information most users search for in easy-to-find places to make the overall experience better.

“We really just want to make it as easy as possible for people to find what they’re looking for,” Duckworth said.

In the future, the port hopes to offer parking reservations and coupons on the site, Duckworth said.

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