- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - Traffic at the Bellingham International Airport appears to be flattening out after more than a year of declines because of the weakening Canadian dollar.

The Bellingham Herald reports ( https://bit.ly/2eKalMp ) that last month 28,452 people took flights out of the airport, a 1 percent drop compared to a year earlier, according to data collected by the Port of Bellingham. Through the first nine months of this year, 315,318 passengers have flown out of the local airport, down 8.5 percent compared to the same period in 2015.

Sunil Harman, director of aviation at the port, said if airport traffic is starting to stabilize, said it is a good sign heading into the winter months. That’s when Alaska Airlines begins its direct seasonal service from Bellingham to Hawaii and Las Vegas. The flights between Bellingham and Kona and Maui begin in November and go into April.

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