ORE. (March 18, 2014) – Spring Break Brings More Travelers to PDX
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
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.
options to fly
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.
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.
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.
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.
can plan ahead using real-time parking information at www.pdx.com 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.
chances to win
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 PDX travel tips at www.pdx.com, 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 www.tsa.gov. PDX travelers with screening
questions related to a disability or medical condition can contact the TSA at
503.889.3067, or PDXcustomerservice@tsa.dhs.gov.