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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PORTLAND, ORE. (Jan. 21, 2014) – PDX Sets All-time Passenger Record

There’s a new, all-time passenger record for Portland International Airport.

PDX served 15 million travelers in 2013, surpassing the former record of 14.7 million passengers in 2007.

Impacted 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.

December 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 fans.

Helping 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.

Also 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.

With 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.


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