The Port of Portland offers up these 10 tidbits to make your holiday air travel through Portland International Airport easier and more enjoyable:
10. “Winter Wanderland” offers a chance to win tickets to London. The airport’s new holiday theme, appearing throughout the terminal, celebrates the seasonal holidays and offers travelers a chance to win a travel certificate for two tickets on Delta Air Lines’ nonstop service to London’s Heathrow Airport, which begins May 26, 2017.
9. PDX has a pet-relief area. Located on the south end of the Concourse Connector, this space allows a convenient post-security location for your four-legged friend. As a reminder, in the interest of pet safety and passenger comfort, non-service animals should remain in their carriers at all times while in the terminal.
8. You’re in the clear to park at PDX. Between valet service and short-term, long-term and economy lots, there’s enough space for all. Check parking availability online before coming to the airport. Electric vehicle charging stations are available in the PDX economy lot as well as the short-term parking garage. If you’re picking up travelers, use the free cell phone waiting area and coordinate with your family and friends when they arrive to avoid roadway congestion.
7. Coffee connoisseurs have copious choices. Grab a cup at Stumptown Coffee just past the south security checkpoint; Peet’s Coffee & Tea on Concourse D and in bag claim; Portland Roasting just past the north security checkpoint and on Concourse C and pre-security in the north ticket lobby; and Starbucks will open two new airport locations before St. Nick comes to town.
6. PDX is the first airport in the world with a spirits tasting room. Opening Nov. 21, House Spirits Distillery’s new facility on Concourse C will offer the company’s entire portfolio of spirits for sampling and purchase. Travelers can also shop at the eye-catching new Timberline Lodge store on Concourse D. By year’s end, Caper’s Farm-to-Table Market, Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen and Market, Vino Volo and the remodeled Soundbalance and Made in Oregon stores on Concourse C will also open at PDX. There’s no shortage of shops if you’re in search of a holiday gift that offers a taste of Oregon.
5. Leave your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone at home. You are prohibited from transporting this recalled device on your person, in carry-on baggage or in checked baggage on flights to, from or within the United States. While nearly 85 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note7 devices have been replaced through Samsung’s exchange program, if you have one, it can’t fly. There are some other things that travelers still can’t take onboard, either. Review the TSA’s list of prohibited items to be sure you and your bags are ready to fly.
4. The only thing constant is change. PDXNext, a suite of major airport improvement projects that will continue providing award-winning comfort and convenience for travelers, operational efficiency and safety and security, is underway. The airport anticipates opening new security exit lanes soon. Mid-December should see the opening of a Children’s Play Area on Concourse D. Construction for the Concourse E expansion should get underway this summer as the Terminal Balancing project revs up. New shops and restaurants join redesigned and enhanced spaces in the terminal, and the long-awaited opening of the Hollywood Theater at PDX should take place after the first of the year.
3. It will be busy. Really busy. Yes, busier than last year. Record-breaking busy. About 884,000 passengers in a 16-day period kind of busy. More than 18 million passengers predicted by year’s end busy. That kind of busy. Specifically, watch for Nov. 27 and 28 and Dec. 23, 28 and 29 to be the busiest travel days during the holiday travel period. The airport anticipates serving approximately 60,000 travelers on each of these days.
2. Give yourself plenty of time. Plan to arrive at least two hours before your scheduled departure. Travelers on international flights, with children or with disabilities or medical conditions that could impact travel, should arrive an additional 30 minutes before their flights.
1. PDX is still “America’s Best Airport.” For the fourth consecutive year, Travel + Leisure magazine rated PDX as America’s Best Airport. This award, among other things, sings the praises of the airport’s on-time departure record.