Portland International Airport-(airport codes are: IATA: PDX; ICAO: KPDX; FAA LID: PDX) is the largest airport in the state of Oregon. PDX serves 90 percent of passenger air travel and 95 percent of air cargo of Oregon. The airport under civil and military use. Portland International airport is located 12 miles northeast of downtown Portland, south of the Columbia River in Multnomah County. Portland International Airport is owned by Port of Portland and has connections to the significant U.S airports. The airport also has non-stop flights to Canada, Iceland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, and Mexico.
Portland International Airport is spanned on 3000 acres and is a hub for Horizon Air and Alaska Airlines. Oregon Air National Guard also has a base at the airport, which operates F-15 Eagle. Atlantic Aviation provides aviation services at PDX.
Portland International Airport has one passenger terminal with two sections, with five concourses, 60 gates, and three runways. Many airlines operate at the airport, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, Air Canada Express, Icelandair, Hawaiian Airlines, etc. From June 1, 2020, British Airways starts to operate flights from Portland to London-Heathrow.
According to statistics, in the year 2019, 19,891,365 passengers used the airport, and 238,384 aircraft operations were made.
History of PDX
The Portland City Council bought the territory to build an airport in 1936. It was just 700 acres and bordered by Columbia Slough in the south and Columbia River in the north. The Portland City Council and Port of Portland both invested money to build this "super airport," as they were calling it that time. More than 1000 workers were employed for constructions; during the Great Depression, it was a significant improvement for public work.
In 1959, the airport opened a new terminal, and “international” was added to the name of the facility. In the 1980s, airport administration started renovating the building: added new services, changed baggage claiming areas, ticket counters, moving sidewalks, and so on.
Nowadays, Portland International Airport has an H shape, which was designed by an American Architectural Firm Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership in 2001. In 2016, The Port of Portland upgraded the security system and checkpoints at the airport.