ORE. (Jan. 21, 2014) – PDX Sets All-time Passenger Record
a new, all-time passenger record for Portland International Airport.
served 15 million travelers in 2013, surpassing the former record of 14.7
million passengers in 2007.
by a global recession, PDX air travel fell to 12.9 million travelers in 2009,
and has gradually grown since that time. Improvements in the economy, an unprecedented
increase in December travel, and expanded route choices for passengers, all
contributed to last year’s passenger record. Meanwhile, PDX air freight
remained steady at 212,414 tons for 2013, up .03 percent from 2012.
2013 was a record in itself, the busiest December ever at PDX. Travel grew 10
percent over December 2012. In December 2013 alone, PDX served 1.3 million
passengers. Growth was influenced by Thanksgiving occurring late in the month,
causing some holiday travelers to return home in December; and by travel for
football bowl games for both Oregon State University and University of Oregon
boost travel throughout the year were nearly two dozen PDX nonstop route
improvements, offering travelers more ways to fly. Alaska Airlines launched
several new daily or seasonal routes including Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth,
Fairbanks, Alaska; Reno, Nev.; Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Tucson, Ariz. Alaska
seasonal flights upgraded to daily for Bellingham, Wash., and flights to Kona in
Hawaii expanded to daily on a seasonal basis.
improving service was American Airlines with two new daily flights to Chicago,
while Delta Air Lines launched four daily flights to Los Angeles, and expanded
Detroit service to year-round. United Airlines started a seasonal route to
Cleveland. Along the way, flight frequencies increased on many PDX routes.
more new routes on the way this year, continued growth at PDX is predicted, and
perhaps even a new passenger record. Beginning June 8, Southwest Airlines
launches new nonstop service connecting PDX with San Diego, Baltimore and
Houston. Alaska starts flights to Salt Lake City on June 9, and Delta beings
flights to Seattle on Sept. 2.