PORTLAND, ORE. (June 14, 2012) – PDX Offers New Air Service Options; Tips for Summer Travel
Summer travel season is
traditionally one of the busiest travel periods of the year at Portland
PDX expects to serve
nearly 4.2 million travelers from June through August. About 52,000 travelers
will use the airport on the busiest days; about 45,500 on average days.
Overall, the airport is expected to serve 6 percent more travelers than last
New air service options
PDX offers travelers
several new nonstop flight options this summer:
- Alaska Airlines –
Offers seasonal daily nonstop service to Bellingham, Wash.; Bozeman, Mont., and
Santa Barbara, Calif. through Aug. 25; daily nonstop service to Pasco, Wash.
starting Aug. 27, and daily nonstop service to Ronald Reagan Washington
National Airport beginning Aug. 28.
- Frontier Airlines –
Offers seasonal nonstop service to Colorado Springs, Colo. through Sept. 16.
- SeaPort Airlines –
Provides daily nonstop service to Yakima/Wenatchee, Wash.
- Southwest Airlines -
Offers daily nonstop service to Austin, Texas through Aug. 11.
- Spirit Airlines –
Launches daily nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth beginning June 21.
- Virgin America –
Provides daily nonstop service to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Virgin America
is PDX’s newest airline.
Security screening simplified
Qualifying PDX passengers
can now participate in TSA Pre✓™, an expedited security
process administered by the Transportation Security Administration, available
only at the PDX Concourse A, B, and C security checkpoint when traveling
Passengers who qualify may
be able to leave their shoes, light outwear and belt on, and their laptop in
its case, and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels in their carry-on bag. TSA
will incorporate random and unpredictable security measures throughout the
airport, and no individual is guaranteed expedited screening.
As a reminder, passengers
are otherwise asked to remove their 3-1-1 bag from their carry-on bag before
screening, and remove all jewelry and contents from pockets in preparation for
Advanced Image Technology screening. Beverages and water bottles filled with
liquid are prohibited.
For TSA travel tips and a
complete list of prohibited items on flights, visit www.tsa.gov.
Travelers with screening questions related to a disability or medical condition
can call the TSA Cares helpline at (855) 787-2227.
Plan ahead; know before
PDX encourages travelers
to check flight schedules, parking availability and travel tips before leaving
home, and to arrive at the airport at least two hours before domestic flights;
two hours, 30 minutes for international flights. Tips and information are
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 promotional offers.
Roadways and parking
Travelers 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 in parking garages with free jump
starts, vehicle locates, and tire inflations. Friendly and convenient shuttle
service is also available.
PDX Summer Splash special
Travelers can enjoy PDX
Summer Splash performances by dozens of talented musicians and vocalists.
Entertainment schedules are listed under tabs for restaurants, shops and
services at www.pdx.com.
Many stores and restaurants are participating with promotions on food and merchandise
and extending operating hours to accommodate summer flight schedules. New art
exhibits are available, including an underwater fairytale created by
international artist Sayuri Sasaki Hemann, which greets passengers at the
entrance of Concourse E through January 2013. A photography series documenting
life-like and model-like planes made by Julian Hibbard and Demetrious Noble is
on display along the PDX Concourse Connector from July 1 through June 2013. In
a PDX Summer Splash drawing, celebrating Virgin America’s new Los Angeles and
San Francisco flights, Virgin America is giving away a pair of tickets. Contest
rules and entry forms are located in the airport and at www.pdx.com.