New airport passenger terminal to open end of June

The first phase of a $30 million expansion at the Bellingham International Airport will be completed and open to passengers...

The new passenger terminal at the Bellingham International Airport is set to open June 28, bringing a new look and twice the seating capacity to the overcrowded airport.

The expanded terminal will have seating for 637 people and will replace the existing portable building, which seats about half as many people, said Adam Fulton, project manager for the Port of Bellingham.

“The new gate lobby is four times the size with about two times the seating, so it will feel very spacious,” Fulton said.

The passenger terminal is just phase one of the $30 million expansion, which will bring the airport up from 27,000 square feet to 90,000 square feet. The second phase of construction will include additional ticketing counters and two baggage carousels; it’s expected to be completed by mid-2013.

“This is one of the largest projects the Port of Bellingham has ever done,” Fulton said.

Passenger traffic at the airport has been growing steadily as Alaska Airlines and Allegiant Air have continued to add direct flights to new destinations. A record 45,640 people flew out of Bellingham in March, and May saw the third highest passenger traffic, with 43,195.

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