October 27, 2022

Michael Hogan
Port of Bellingham
(360) 676-2500

Southwest Airlines Announces New Destination From Bellingham International Airport

Southwest Airlines today announced the launch of nonstop Saturday-only flights from Bellingham International Airport (BLI) to Denver International Airport (DEN) on a seasonal basis beginning in April 2023. Tickets are available now at

“There is strong demand for eastbound flights from travelers who like to avoid the traffic and crowds at major airports in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.” said Port Commission President Bobby Briscoe. “BLI offers one of the best travel experiences in the nation and we are thrilled Southwest is expanding its service destinations.”

Southwest flights to DEN will depart at 11:40 am on Saturdays and arrive at DEN at 3:15 pm. The return flight leaves DEN at 10:35 pm and arrives back at BLI at 12:25 am. The carrier will utilize a Boeing 737-800 with comfortable seating for 175 passengers. Southwest operates the largest fleet in the world of Washington-built Boeing 737 jets.

In addition to the new Saturday flights, Southwest offers daily service throughout the year from BLI to Oakland and Las Vegas with easy connections to more than 100 destinations throughout North America, Central America and the Caribbean including Hawaii.

Since starting service in 2021, Southwest Airlines has been a tremendous addition to Bellingham International Airport” said Port Executive Director Rob Fix. “Southwest consistently ranks as one of the most popular airlines in America with two free checked bags, legendary customer service, and flexible travel policies including no change or cancellation fees. As passenger traffic returns to pre-pandemic levels, the Port will continue working with Southwest to increase service to Denver and connect passengers to new destinations.”

DEN is the third busiest airport in the world. Denver consistently ranks as one of the most desirable cities in the United States with 300 days of sunshine, four major sports teams, a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, and stunning natural beauty.  

With the addition of DEN, BLI offers travelers nonstop service to 8 different destinations on three major airlines. Southwest, Alaska Airlines and Allegiant Airlines will now serve Denver, Seattle/Tacoma, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Palm Springs, Phoenix (Mesa), and San Diego.

Bellingham International Airport (BLI)

Bellingham International Airport is a public-use airport owned and operated by the Port of Bellingham located in Whatcom County approximately 50 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. With three commercial airlines and numerous tenants including robust general aviation activity, the Airport has a positive economic impact on the region. Learn more at 

About Southwest Airlines Co.

Southwest Airlines Co. operates one of the world’s most admired and awarded airlines, offering its one of-a-kind value and Hospitality at 121 airports across eleven countries. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, Southwest took flight in 1971 to democratize the sky through friendly, reliable, low-cost air travel and now carries more air travelers flying nonstop within the United States than any other airline. Based in Dallas and famous for an Employee-first corporate Culture, Southwest maintains an unprecedented record of no involuntary furloughs or layoffs in Company history. By empowering its nearly 54,000 People to deliver unparalleled Hospitality, the maverick airline cherishes a passionate loyalty among as many as 130 million Customers carried a year. That formula for success has brought industry-leading, consistent prosperity for Southwest Shareholders (NYSE: LUV). Southwest continues to develop tangible steps toward an environmental sustainability goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Learn more at about how Southwest Airlines leverages a unique legacy and mission to serve communities around the world.

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