Hawaii, Las Vegas flights back at BLI

Alaska Airlines is bringing back daily flights to Hawaii and Las Vegas out of Bellingham International Airport (BLI).

Alaska will now offer flights to Honolulu, Maui and Las Vegas beginning November 1. The Las Vegas and Honolulu flights will be daily from November through May 2016, and the Maui flights will run four times a week November through March 2016, according to Alaska spokeswoman Bobbie Egan.

Alaska had previously scheduled the flights in the summer, but chose not to in 2015. BLI has been experiencing a decline in passengers, showing a year-to-year decline of 30 percent, according to acting Port of Bellingham aviation director Mark Leutwiler.

The Port of Bellingham, which owns and operates BLI, is encouraging airlines to offer more flights from more destinations. Leutwiler said the port is considering lowering prices for airlines during the slow season, but those ideas are still in discussion and nothing has been made official.

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