Congestion in the baggage claim area of Bellingham International Airport should now be easier to manage after airport officials’ unveiling of a new baggage-claim carrousel on April 29.
The carrousel is the first of two the airport will eventually have once the facility’s full expansion is complete in January 2014, according to the Port of Bellingham, which operates the airport.
“This might not seem revolutionary to some people, but our airport customers have been asking for a baggage carrousel for years,” Jim Joregenen, the Port of Bellingham Commission president, said in a press release. “We couldn’t add it until we built the larger space in our expansion. I know customers will have a much better arrival experience now.”
The airport’s old baggage claim system, which required passengers to collect their luggage from small baggage slides, struggled to handle the increasing number of travelers the airport has seen in recent years. The convergence of two Las Vegas-to-Bellingham flight arrivals—one on Allegiant Air, the other on Alaska Air—within about half and hour from each other, regularly caused significant crowding in the airport’s baggage claim.
In addition to the expanded new baggage claim area, airport officials also open the final section of the expansion in the gate holding area. This section includes Gate A and an expanded area for Scotty Browns Airport Restaurant.