PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (PDX) INFORMATION
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Portland International Airport
Facts and History about Portland International Airport
Portland International Airport is the largest airport in the state of Oregon, USA. It is a joint civil-military airport that accounts for 90% of the passenger air travel and 95% of the air cargo in the state. The airport is located just south of the Columbia River within the city limits of Portland and it serves the Portland metropolitan area.
Downtown Portland is located approximately 10.5 mi/ 17 km from the airport. The airport’s IATA code is PDX and the ICAO code is KPDX. It offers direct flights and connections to most major airports within the United States as well as non-stop international flights to Canada, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands and South Korea.
The Portland City Council purchased the land that the airport sits on in 1936 after it had become clear that the first Portland airport, Swan Island Municipal Airport, was no longer sufficient enough and two runways able to serve the modern aircrafts of the 1940’s were operational by 1941. The new airport was given the name Portland-Columbia Airport and the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.
The entire airport grounds were flooded for several months during and following the Vanport Flood in 1948.
Over the years there have been several terminals in use and new runways were constructed and the terminal seen today was first built in 1959 and has since undergone renovations, expansions and upgrades to keep up with the demand. Today the terminal is H-shaped with a main terminal and concourses giving it its shape.
Today the airport has 4 concourses; B, C, D and E with all international arrivals taking place in Concourse D.
The terminal is divided into a South and a North part with Concourses B and C in the South Terminal and Concourses D and E in the North Terminal. Concourse B has 2 gates, Concourse C has 23 gates, Concourse D has 15 gates and Concourse E has 12 gates.
The Concourse Connector that used to connect the Concourses on Airside is currently closed due to expansion.
The airport has two asphalt runways and one concrete runway. The two asphalt runways are 6,000 ft/1,829 m and 9,825 ft/ 2,995 m respectively while the concrete runway is 11,000 ft/3,353 m long.
The airport saw 7,084,543 passengers come through it in 2020, a decrease from 2019’s 19,891,365 passengers. As with all airports the decrease was due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The airport is owned and operated by the Port of Portland.
Arrivals, Departures and Airlines at Portland International Airport
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Transfers at Portland Oregon International Airport
Rental Cars – Car rental companies at Portland International Airport have their desks located on level 1 of the short-term garage opposite the Baggage Claim area located on the lower level of the terminal building.
Shuttles – Scheduled shuttles, hotel shuttles, courtesy shuttles and charter buses collect their customers outside the Baggage Claim area. Look for signage.
Taxis – Official airport taxis are provided by several different taxi companies at Portland International Airport. These are found at the taxi rank in the ground transportation zone outside the Baggage Claim area. Signs show the way.
Ride Shares – Ride Share companies usually have a presence at the airport. Transfers are requested through the company’s app. They collect their customers outside the Baggage Claim. Signage shows the way.
Limousines and Town Cars – Several companies offer their transfer services to travelers. They collect their customers in the ground transportation zone. Follow the signs to the correct island outside the Baggage Claim area. See more about private transfers at Portland International Airport.
Rail – The Max Station located adjacent to the terminal serves TriMet’s Max Red Line light rail route between downtown Portland and the airport. The fare is $2.50 for a single adult journey and it takes 40 minutes from one end to the other. Discount fares are available for Youth and Honored Citizens provided they fulfil the requirements and Children up until the age of 6 travel for free when traveling with a paying customer. More information about train services at Portland International Airport.
Hotels near Portland International Airport
There are a number of hotels to suit all budgets and requirements at or near Portland International Airport.
Parking at Portland Oregon International Airport
A short-term parking garage is located opposite the terminal building with a long-term garage located right behind. The short-term garage is connected to the terminal via sky bridges and tunnels while the long-term garage is connected to it via tunnels.
Economy parking lots are located further away with complimentary shuttle buses transferring travelers and their luggage between the parking lots and the terminal with a frequency of every 7-15 minutes depending on what time of the day it is. The service is in operation 24/7. The airport also offers Valet Parking. More details about parking at Portland International Airport.
Smoking at Portland Oregon International Airport
There are designated smoking areas located outside the airport. These are the only locations where smoking is allowed at the airport. This includes the use of e-cigarettes.
WiFi at Portland Oregon International Airport
The airport’s free WiFi network is called “flypdx” and it’s as simple as connecting and accepting the Terms and Conditions. If the Terms and Conditions page isn’t automatically launched, open the browser and go to www.flypdx.com and it should appear. The browser has to be set to allow “cookies”.
The device will be automatically disconnected from the network after one hour of inactivity. In case the user wishes to reconnect they will have to go through the connection process again.
Lactation Rooms at Portland Oregon International Airport
There are two lactation rooms available once through the security control. One is located just past the BC security point and the other just past the DE security point. The rooms are designed specifically for expressing milk without the baby present, but may also be used by nursing mothers that want some privacy, peace and quiet while nursing.
Pet Relief Areas at Portland Oregon International Airport
One pet relief area is located on landside outside the Baggage Claim area and one on airside close to gates C1/C2.
ATMs at Portland Oregon International Airport
ATMs/cash machines can be found all through the airport’s terminal.
Currency Exchange at Portland Oregon International Airport
There are two points of currency exchange services available at the airport, one in the ticketing lobby and one in Concourse D.
Food, Beverage and Shopping at Portland Oregon International Airport
The airport has a shopping mall located behind the ticketing counters and all shops and restaurants are open every day. The state of Oregon has no sales tax and this applies to the airport’s establishments as well making every shop a tax-free shop. All shops and restaurants are also under obligation to practice fair retail pricing, meaning that they are not allowed to charge more due to being located at the airport and prices are the same as off-airport establishments. There are also several food carts on the airside.
Closest International Airport to Portland Oregon International Airport
The closest international airport to Portland Airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport located 165 mi/265.5 km away.
Things to do in Portland
There are a number of activities to suit all ages and interests in the region - see a selection of tourist activities in Portland, Oregon in the United States of America.
Portland Oregon International Airport Contacts
Address: Portland International Airport, 7000 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218, United States
General Phone: +1 503-460-4234
Lost and Found Phone: +1 503-460-4272
Official Website: https://www.flypdx.com/
Drive on: Right
Plug: A, B
Currency: US Dollar, USD, $
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