PORTLAND, ORE. (Nov.
20, 2013) – Get Ready, Get
Set for Holiday Travel at PDX
It’s going to be a
busy holiday travel season at Portland International Airport with 50,000
travelers expected on peak days. Here’s a look at what to expect, and a few
travel tips to help make the journey smooth.
Holidays by the
are PDX’s busiest holiday days? Nov. 27, and Dec. 1, 2, 19, 20, 22 and 27.
many travelers are expected to use the airport in the week surrounding
Thanksgiving? An estimated 298,000 travelers.
is the busiest holiday travel period at PDX? Dec. 18-Jan. 2.
many passengers does PDX expect during the busiest holiday travel period? An
estimated 689,000 passengers. That’s a six percent increase from last year.
many total passengers does PDX expect to serve this year? Approximately 15
million, breaking the all-time record of 14.7 million set in 2007.
Arrive at least two
hours before scheduled departure if traveling before 8 a.m. and between the
hours of 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Travelers on international flights, or with
children, or with disabilities or medical conditions that could impact travel,
should arrive an additional 30 minutes before their flights. Those who are not
traveling during peak travel times are advised to arrive at the airport at
least 90 minutes before their flights. A complete list of helpful tips is
available at PDX travel tips. Travelers are
also encouraged to check with their airlines or the PDX arrivals and departures before arriving at
Have boarding pass
and ID ready, and begin removing 3-1-1 items from
carry-on bag before screening, and remove all jewelry and contents from pockets
in preparation for security screening. Beverages and water bottles filled with
liquid are prohibited. Qualifying travelers enrolled in TSA Pre✓™, an expedited security process
administered by the Transportation
Security Administration, can use both security checkpoints when traveling
domestically. Just look for the words “pre-check” printed on the boarding pass
and go directly to the TSA Pre✓™ lines. A complete
list of prohibited items is available at TSA travel tips. Travelers with
screening questions related to a disability or medical condition can call the TSA Cares helpline at (855)
787-2227. International travelers can now expedite the clearance and screening
process through U.S. Customs and Border Protection by enrolling in Global Entry at PDX. If
traveling with pets, be sure to keep them safe in a kennel – as the terminal is
a busy place during the holidays. A pet relief area is located on the north end
of the terminal on the upper roadway.
All airport parking structures are now
fully automated to help motorists easily find a parking space. Travelers can
also check parking availability online before they arrive. Electric vehicle
charging stations are also available in the short-term parking garage.
Bicycling to the airport is made easier with improved facilities to make the
journey a more accessible, safe route. If picking up a passenger, avoid
curbside congestion by parking in the short-term parking garage and coming into
the terminal to greet family and friends. There is also a free Cell Phone Lot located on Air
Cargo Road, just west of N.E. 82nd Avenue.
holiday shopping yet? Don’t fret. PDX restaurants, shops and services have travelers
covered with nearly 80 concessions that provide an authentic Portland
experience that represents what travelers would find locally. Open 365 days a
year; many locations are open 16 hours a day and offer similar pricing and no
sales tax, which is what they would find at off-airport locations in Portland.
PDX also partners with the Thanks Again rewards program to
offer participating travelers airline miles when they park, shop or dine at the
As part of the PDX
Holidays Take Flight campaign, Delta Air Lines is giving away a $1,000 travel
voucher redeemable for round-trip air travel from PDX to any Delta Air Lines
destinations. Contest rules and
are available online and in the terminal. Additionally, many of the
concessionaires are helping feed the area’s hungry by participating in a new
food donation program at PDX, which has provided more than 15,080 meals since
February. Travelers are also invited to enjoy an assortment of food and
beverage samples and tastings inside and outside shops; live musical
entertainment and special holiday events.
Stay tuned in at www.pdx.com, or visit the
airport’s Twitter, and Facebook pages for airport news and
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