Despite closing the runway for three weeks for construction work in September, the Bellingham International Airport set a new record for the number of passengers using the facility.
Last year 391,155 people flew on either Horizon, Allegiant or Alaska airlines out of the Bellingham Airport, a 22.1 percent increase compared to 2009. Another 12,940 people used charter plane service, according to data from the Port of Bellingham.
Broken down by airlines, Allegiant had 65.7 percent of the 2010 Bellingham passengers, followed by Horizon (27.2 percent) and Alaska (7.1 percent).
The peak month was in July, when 41,435 people used the airport to fly to other destinations. In September, when the runway was closed for most of the month, 12,597 people flew out from the airport.
This year is expected to be an even busier year at the airport with the addition of Alaska’s daily service to Honolulu, said Art Choat, Port of Bellingham’s aviation director.