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About Portland International Airport

Outside the front of Portland International Airport

Credit: M.O. Stevens on Wikimedia Commons

Portland International Airport is an airport in Portland, Oregon. It's the main airport serving the state of Oregon and is the busiest by passenger traffic, accounting for the vast majority of air traffic in the state. The airport facilitates a mix of domestic flights within the US (to most major cities), international flights to destinations in Canada and Mexico, as well as transcontinental flights to parts of Europe and other intercontinental flights to Japan.

While no airlines use the airport as its main hub, Portland International is a secondary hub for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.

The airport opened in the late 1930s and first began handling international flights in 1967, with a direct flight to Vancouver.

What is the airport code for Portland International Airport?

The airport code for Portland International Airport is PDX.

Airport Location

Portland International Airport is located in the city of Portland, south of Multnomah County. It can take between 20–70 minutes to drive to the airport from downtown Portland, depending on the time of day you're travelling. 

Facilities

Inside Portland International Airport

Credit: Kevin Paniagua on Wikimedia Commons

There is a range of facilities at Portland International Airport, including a shopping mall, cinema and a number of airports lounges. All facilities are located within the airport's main — and only — terminal building

Facilities Include:

  • WIFI
  • Airport lounges
  • Hotels
  • Dining
  • Shopping
  • Baby care facilities
  • Baggage storage
  • Medical services
  • Mobile charging
  • ATMs
  • Currency exchange
  • Showers
  • Spa
  • Movie theatre
  • Car rental
  • Parking

Lounges by terminal:

Alaska Airlines Alaska Lounge

Located at: Concourse C

  • Free premium food
  • Free snacks
  • Free bar
  • WIFI
  • TV screens
  • Flight monitors
  • Newspapers & magazines

 

Delta Air Lines Delta Sky Club

Located at: Concourse D

  • Free snacks
  • Free beer & wine
  • WIFI
  • Flight monitors
  • TV screens

 

United Airlines United Club

Located at: Concourse E

  • Free snacks
  • Free beer & wine
  • WIFI
  • Flight monitors
  • TV screens
  • Newspapers & magazines

 

USO Northwest - Portland Center

  • Free snacks
  • WIFI
  • Newspapers & magazines
  • TV screens

Runways

Portland International Airport Runway

Credit: Mike Teague on Wikimedia Commons

The airport has three runways — two of which are used for commercial flights, with the other being used for cargo.

Runways 10L/28R (2,995 m in length) and 10R/28L (3,353 m in length) are the two runways used for commercial flights. There is no landing or departing preference for either runway, as it will usually depend on the direction of the wind. 

Runways 03/21 is the smaller runway which is used for cargo flights and FedEx feeders.

Terminals

There is one terminal building at Portland International Airport, which is split into two sections. These are named the South Terminal and the North Terminal. There are five concourses spread across the terminal building, each named A–E. However, Concourse A is expected to be demolished in the near future, with plans to expand and renovate both Concourse B and E. 

South Terminal

The South Terminal is where Concourse A–C is situated, which is mainly used by airlines such as Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and JetBlue Airways. 

North Terminal

The North Terminal is used by a mix of the other airlines that fly to/from the airport. The majority of international flights fly out of the North Terminal, with a dedicated international section at Concourse D. The North Terminal is also where the majority of the airport lounges are located.

Airlines that fly to Portland International Airport

Alaska and Horizon Air both use Portland International Airport as a secondary hub.

Here's a list of other airlines that use the airport. 

AIRLINE COUNTRY FROM
Air Canada & Air Canada Express & Air Canada Rogue Canada
Alaska Airlines USA
American Airlines USA
American Eagle USA
Boutique Air USA
Condor Germany
Delta & Delta Connection USA
Frontier USA
Hawaiian Airlines USA
Icelandair Iceland
JetBlue USA
Southwest Airlines USA
Spirit Airlines USA
Sun Country Airlines USA
United & United Express USA
Volaris Mexico
Westjet Encore Canada

Top Destinations

Top Domestic Routes

May 2018–April 2019
Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 San Francisco, California 711,000 Alaska, Southwest, Sun Country, United
2 Los Angeles, California 679,000 Alaska, American, Delta, Southwest
3 Seattle/Tacoma, Washington 659,000 Alaska, Delta
4 Denver, Colorado 510,000 Frontier, Southwest, United
5 Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Arizona 462,000 Alaska, American, Southwest, Sun Country

Top International Routes

2017
Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 Vancouver, Canada 206,766 Air Canada, Alaska
2 Amsterdam, Netherlands 153,519 Delta
3 Tokyo-Narita, Japan 107,095 Delta
4 Guadalajara, Mexico 60,458 Volaris
5 Reykjavik–Keflávik, Iceland 44,583 Icelandair

How to get to Portland International Airport

 

By driving

Portland International Airport can be accessed off of interstate 205, from there follow Airport way to the terminal building. 

Car rental and parking facilities are available at the airport

By taxi

Flagging down in Portland is possible but might be difficult due to lack of taxis on the road. Therefore, it's best to get the person(s) in charge of your accommodation to order a taxi or to order the taxi yourself. You can order any of these taxi companies, which are listed on the airport official website:

  • Broadway Cab Company
  • Flat Cab
  • New Green Cab
  • New Rose City Cab Company
  • PDX Yellow Cab
  • Radio Cab Company

By rail

You can travel to Portland International Airport by rail on the MAX light rail Red Line, which runs from Beaverton to the airport, with stops at Pioneer Square, Rose Quarter and Gateways.