Commercial Ground Transportation Service Operator Requirements

Airport Ground Transportation Service Operator Requirements
Over the past several years, Port of Bellingham’s International Airport (BLI) has experienced dramatic growth in commercial passenger traffic. From 2011 to 2012, the number of customers traveling through the airport’s main passenger terminal jumped from 1,022,000 to 1,140,000, an increase of 11.5%. More considerable has been the average annual growth rate of 25% over the past 5 years. BLI has also experienced an increase in the number of businesses operating at the airport, including an increase in the number of businesses providing ground transportation services to airport customers.

Meeting the demands and opportunities of this growth has required considerable investment in airport expansion and the necessity to update and improve many of the operating procedures of the Port and our related airport business operators. To ensure a high level of customer service is maintained equal to the passenger growth and demand, the Port has undertaken a careful evaluation of the airport’s existing ground transportation program. Through this evaluation the Port discovered a need to update its current License to Operate (LTO) Agreement and a need to develop a more comprehensive program that includes specific operating requirements for Ground Transportation Service Operators (GTSOs) who access the airport.

The Port of Bellingham approved a new Airport tariff schedule and new Ground Transportation Service Operator (GTSO) requirements and License to Operate (LTO) agreements at the February 19, 2013 Commission meeting. The new GTSO requirements and LTO agreements are herein referred to as the GTSO Program. The official implementation date for the new GTSO program was March 1, 2013.

In order to become an authorized GTSO at BLI, please contact the Port of Bellingham at 360-676-2500.

Commercial Ground Transportation Service Operator Requirements
License to Operate Agreements