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Portland International Airport

Oregon, USA

About Portland International Airport

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.


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


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.


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.

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.

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