By: Elliott Smith
The Bellingham Herald reports that parking will be tight at Bellingham International Airport (BLI) the next two weeks, as Spring Break travelers take to the skies.
Port of Bellingham officials are encouraging Whatcom County residents to take taxis, get dropped off by friends, or carpool. Nobody who needs a parking space will be turned away, but available parking may less convenient and further from the terminal.
British Columbia residents flying out of Bellingham should carpool, or take the Quick Shuttle or Bolt Bus if possible.
The Quick Shuttle offers multiple daily trips with service from Vancouver to both the Bellingham Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International (SeaTac). There are several pickup locations in Downtown Vancouver, and at YVR Airport. Fares from Vancouver to the Bellingham Airport start at $39 each way. More info at http://www.quickcoach.com/
Another option for getting to the Bellingham Airport without a private vehicle is the Bolt Bus. The Bolt Bus departs from Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station, and stops at Bellingham’s Cordata Station, 3 miles from the airport. There is no city bus/transit service to the airport, but cab fare from Cordata station is only $9-$10, Blue Cab 360-734-3787 and Yellow Cab 360-733-8294 both serve the area. Bolt Bus fares from Vancouver to Bellingham range from $1-$13, plus a $1 booking fee. More info at https://www.boltbus.com//
If you do choose to drive a car, know that there are several private vendors offering off-site parking nearby with shuttle service to the airport, in addition to the on-site lots operated by the Port. Easy Airport Parking at 3360 Airport Drive, Wiki-Wiki Park ‘n Shuttle at 4770 Pacific Hwy and Bellingham Parking LLC at 3703 Bennett Drive all offer off-site parking with shuttle service. Rates, shuttle hours and reservation requirements vary, so call ahead.
With lower taxes, and cheaper fares, Bellingham International Airport offers an attractive alternative to YVR to many British Columbia travelers. Flights to Hawaii and other warm, sunny destinations are popular with Northwest Washington and Lower Mainland BC residents, and will be busy through the two week Spring Break period starting March 22. So if you’re catching a flight out of Bellingham in the near future, plan ahead. Leave extra time to find parking if you drive, or consider one of the options for getting to the Bellingham airport from the Lower Mainland without a car.
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By: Elliott Smith