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PORTLAND, ORE. (March 18, 2014) – Spring Break Brings More Travelers to PDX

Spring travel is in full swing at Portland International Airport this week, as Port of Portland encourages travelers to arrive early, plan ahead, and expect busy conditions, while entering to win free airfare sponsored by Southwest Airlines. 

More travelers expected

With more than 511,000 travelers expected during the Oregon spring break period, spanning March 20 through March 31, PDX is gearing up for the busy travel season ahead. The airport will experience a second round of heavy travel when Washington schools break from April 7 to 11. Overall, the airport will serve about 5 percent more travelers than last year. During the busiest forecasted days—March 20, 21, and 24—PDX will serve approximately 45,000 travelers each day, compared to the normal daily average of 40,000 during this time of year.

More options to fly

PDX brings travelers more options to fly with several new and expanded air service developments. Alaska Airlines offers new daily service to Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Tucson, Ariz. and Reno, Nev. American Airlines also added two new daily flights to Chicago, and Delta Air Lines launched four daily flights to Los Angeles, and expanded its Detroit service to year-round. U.S. Airways also expanded its seasonal route to Charlotte, N.C. to year-round. 

More time needed

Passengers are encouraged to arrive early to allow for more time to get to their flight. 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 departure. Travelers on international flights, or with children, or with disabilities or medical conditions that could impact travel, should arrive an additional 30 minutes before departure. Those who are not traveling during peak travel times should arrive at least 90 minutes before departure.

Qualifying travelers enrolled in TSA Pre, an expedited security process administered by the Transportation Security Administration, can use both security checkpoints when traveling domestically and internationally. Just look for the words “pre-check” printed on the boarding pass and go directly to the TSA Pre lanes. Travelers may be eligible and selected for expedited screening in the TSA Pre lanes, even without enrolling in the program.

If traveling with pets, be sure to keep them safe in a kennel – as the terminal is a busy place during spring travel. A pet relief area is located on the north end of the terminal on the upper roadway.

More parking assistance

Motorists can plan ahead using real-time parking information at and watch for more parking availability on digital signs along Airport Way. All airport parking structures are fully equipped with an automated guidance system that helps motorists easily find a parking space. Motorists can also wait in the cell phone waiting area for arriving guests.

More chances to win

Now through April, travelers can enter to win a $1,000 southwestgiftcard® on any Southwest Airlines flight from Portland as part of PDX’s ‘Spring Fling’ event. PDX concessionaires are also offering sales and specials at participating shops and restaurants, including new eateries such as Petite Provence, bringing a taste of France to the Oregon Market, and McDonald’s on Concourse C. Sandoval’s Mexican Grill recently made improvements to its Oregon Market location, too.

More travel tips

Find more PDX travel tips at, and stay in touch with new developments at PDX on Twitter @flypdx and the Port of Portland’s Facebook page. For TSA travel tips and a complete list of items prohibited on flights, visit PDX travelers with screening questions related to a disability or medical condition can contact the TSA at 503.889.3067, or

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