Last month 53,724 people flew out of the Bellingham International Airport, the second-highest monthly total ever and just off the record set in July.
According to data collected by the Port of Bellingham, 390,795 people have used the airport to travel in the first eight months of 2012. The airport is on pace to surpass the half-million passenger total for the year.
Passenger traffic should start slowing down in the coming months. Frontier Airlines recently stopped it once-a-day seasonal flights to Denver (Alaska Airlines also ended its seasonal nonstop flights to Portland). In August, Frontier had 4,176 passengers, or nearly 135 passengers a day.