ORE. (January 23, 2013) – PDX Nears Record Travel in 2012
at Portland International Airport continued growing in 2012, nearing all-time
served nearly 14.4 million passengers in 2012, approaching the record of 14.6
million passengers in 2007. A total of 14.7 million passengers are projected
this year. Air cargo volumes also continued growing with more than 219,000 tons
of freight and mail shipped through PDX in 2012. Two percent growth is
predicted for air cargo this year.
airline, routes boost travel
5.2 percent increase in annual passengers was spurred by a new airline and many
new route options for travelers. Newcomer to PDX, Virgin America launched
service to both Los Angeles and San Francisco in June. Virgin is known for its
inventive design and amenities such as cabin moodlighting, personal
touch-screen entertainment at every seat and Wi-Fi on every flight.
Airlines’ Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport service began in August,
highlighting new nonstop routes for travelers. The route was PDX’s highest
domestic air service priority and came about through the combined efforts of
Alaska, elected officials, business leaders, travelers and the Port of
Airlines added nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth in June, and to San Diego
in November. Alaska inaugurated several other daily or seasonal nonstop routes
including Long Beach, Santa Barbara, Pasco, Bellingham, Bozeman and Kauai.
Along the way, Southwest Airlines began seasonal nonstop service to Austin, and
Frontier Airlines inaugurated seasonal nonstop service to Colorado Springs.
SeaPort Airlines moved to its new location in the main terminal building at
Cargo spurs growth
2.3 percent growth in cargo was influenced by Asiana Cargo’s nonstop service
connecting PDX with Korea and beyond, filling a strategic need for regional
businesses and shippers. Asiana increased summer flights to accommodate peak
shipping season cargo, such as perishable agricultural products bound for Asia.
The all-cargo service aboard a Boeing 747 freighter, offers connecting air
cargo service throughout Asia, including destinations like Osaka, Shanghai,
Hong Kong and Penang.
two hours early
record passenger volumes expected this year, travelers on flights departing
before 8 a.m., or flights departing between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., should
arrive at the airport two hours before their flights to allow enough time to
get to their flights on time. This is the estimated time it takes during busy
travel periods to park, ride a shuttle bus to the terminal, check a bag at the
ticket counter, and go through security to make the flight on time.
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. Travelers being dropped off at the terminal, or who
aren’t checking bags, for example, will need a little less time. Those who are
not traveling during peak travel times are advised to arrive at the airport at
least 90 minutes before their flights.
early is important, because with record travel predicted, everything takes a little
longer. Also, travelers who miss their flights may find rebooking difficult,
because unlike a few years ago, many flights are full.
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