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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 numbers

·         What are PDX’s busiest holiday days? Nov. 27, and Dec. 1, 2, 19, 20, 22 and 27.

·         How many travelers are expected to use the airport in the week surrounding Thanksgiving? An estimated 298,000 travelers.

·         When is the busiest holiday travel period at PDX? Dec. 18-Jan. 2.

·         How 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.

·         How 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 early

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 the airport.

Be prepared

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.

Plan ahead

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.

Shop local

Haven’t started 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 airport.

Give thanks

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 entry forms 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.

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