Southwest begins flying from BLI


Southwest Airlines celebrated its inaugural flight into Bellingham International Airport (BLI) November 7, a triumph for the international airline and port of Bellingham officials alike.

The inaugural flight from Oakland, California was the first of many, with the airline now offering direct flights from Bellingham to Oakland twice daily and Las Vegas once daily.

The Dallas-based company joins Alaska Airlines, Allegiant and San Juan Airlines already servicing the Bellingham airport. Bellingham is one of Southwest’s 120 destinations in 11 countries.

Port of Bellingham commissioners, port director of aviation Sunil Harman, Bellingham mayor Seth Fleetwood and Southwest officials celebrated the first plane’s arrival at the terminal with balloons and swag as a water cannon saluted the incoming plane.

The Klan family from Erie, Pennsylvania were among those who arrived on the 143-passanger Boeing 737 Sunday. Tim, Holly and their son Mark flew their first inaugural Southwest flight 13 years ago and have since flown over 800 Southwest flights – tallying up over 12 celebratory flights this year.


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