PORTLAND, ORE. (March
21, 2012) – PDX Forecasts Spring Break Travel Increase; Offers Tips
spring break travelers expected this year at Portland International Airport,
Port of Portland offers some background and tips for smooth travel.
600,000 passengers are expected to use the airport from March 22-April 6.
Overall, the airport expects to serve about 2.5 percent more travelers than
last year. During the busiest forecasted days — March 22, 23, 26, and April 1 —
PDX will serve approximately 40,000 travelers each day, compared to the normal
daily average of 36,000 this time of year.
possible roadway delays
heading from the south may encounter traffic delays, as a construction project is expected to close Highway 213,
beginning Thursday, March 22 at 8 p.m. through 4 a.m. Tuesday, March 27. The
full closure will occur between Washington Street/Clackamas River Drive and the I-205 interchange.
Traffic delays and increased congestion are expected on Highways 99E/McLoughlin
Boulevard, I-205 and local roads in Oregon City. This project is being
constructed by the
City of Oregon City and Oregon Department of Transportation. To learn more, visit www.jughandleproject.com/.
new air service options
new PDX air service improvements are available for spring break. SeaPort
Airlines launched new service March 1 to Yakima and Wenatchee, Wash. On March
11, Alaska Airlines expanded from seven flights to 11 flights each week to
Maui, Hawaii. Alaska resumed daily service on March 12 to Long Beach, Calif.
Air Canada is resuming daily flights to Toronto from April 2-October.
make security screening smoother for passengers, the Transportation Security
Administration is testing modified screening procedures at the PDX A, B, C
checkpoint for passengers 75 and older, which includes no longer removing shoes
and light outerwear, similar to modifications implemented last fall for
children age 12 and under. The improvements are part of the agency's risk-based
security initiatives designed to provide all travelers with the most effective
security in the most efficient way. To learn more, visit www.tsa.gov.
ahead, picking up guests, parking
encourages travelers to check flight schedules, parking availability and travel
tips before leaving home at www.pdx.com. Those arriving at the airport to
drop off or pick up guests should consider using short-term parking ($3/hour)
to avoid congested roadways. It is always recommended that travelers remove
valuables from vehicles when parking at the airport, including all forms of
identification, vehicle registration and garage door openers. PDX offers
traveler assistance with free jump starts, vehicle locates, and tire
information is available at www.pdx.com and (877) PDX-INFO. Passengers can also
follow PDX on Twitter at @flyPDX to learn about airport operations, special
events and special offers. The TSA offers security-related travel tips and a
complete list of items prohibited on flights at www.tsa.gov. Travelers with screening
questions related to a disability or medical condition can call the TSA Cares
helpline at (855) 787-2227.
‘Spring Fling’ and Alaska Airlines ticket drawing
of PDX’s ‘Spring Fling’ event, discounts are offered at participating shops and
restaurants, and there’s a chance to win two round-trip tickets on Alaska
Airlines to any of its PDX destinations. Live musical entertainment showcases a
variety of local artists and performers. Beginning in April, a new exhibit will
feature artwork from seven Northwest figurative sculptors along concourse A, on
display through the end of October.