Really like this airport! Landed and departed from this airport in July 2022 for our Southwest Airlines flight to/from Denver. We usually use SeaTac International Airport when we visit family/friends in Vancouver, but this airport gives SeaTac a good run for its money. Bellingham International Airport (BLI) is much smaller/compact, no huge crowds, and TSA/security was a breeze to get through - no long queues, no wait, no fuss. And they have TSA PreCheck too. There are only 5 gates, all at ground level, so you have to use a ramp to get on/off the plane, but it's all part of the fun of using a small airport. Luggage came out very quickly, and rentacar desks (Avis, Budget, etc.) are all located inside the terminal building, so no shuttle bus rides to a distant, off-site location. Southwest doesn't fly directly to BLI from Denver, so one can connect through Oakland or Las Vegas to use BLI, but it sure beats the long drive up from SeaTac on Interstate 5. BLI is only 20-30 minutes away from the Blaine/Pacific US/Canada border crossings. There's a Costco nearby too, if you need to get some eats and fill up the petrol for your car. Overall a great little airport!
My visit was VERY short - I merely flew in from Seattle on Alaska Airlines. What I saw was nice, and the staff were pleasant. TIP: If someone is picking you up, and you they can get in and out of there in 30 mins or less, parking is free.
This airport is so cute! The way that you board is a throwback to old times. I'll be sad when it gets big and crowded like all the others. Three days b4 Thanksgiving and it was practically empty. All of the employees (especially the lady at the coffee shop) were so friendly! As you can see the SW employees were getting ready for Christmas hanging decorations. Loved it!
It's so tiny and cute! However, it's perfect for the purpose I needed/will need. I know with Southwest running nonstops a couple times of day from Oakland/the Bay Area this airport will get a lot more traffic from people like myself who are visiting Vancouver or British Columbia.
If there is a small town family type feel at an airport - this is it. Nice little airport which is filled 2ith both a nice little ambience and amazingly friendly people to take care of you. Highly recommend this airport 👌