NEW PARKING GARAGE UNDERWAY; HEADQUARTER OFFICE TO FOLLOW?
With the present parking garage at Portland International Airport (PDX) filling to capacity on a regular basis, the airport needs more parking spaces. A new parking garage to be built adjacent to the current garage is now in the preliminary design process.
now located in the airport terminal.
The parking garage will provide approximately 3,000 parking spaces and 500 spaces for rental cars, whether or not the office is added.
Coupled with that process is an alternative plan that could include – as a part of the new parking garage – an office building for the Port of Portland.
“We think it makes sense to consider the possible efficiencies and cost effectiveness of combining our entire Port workforce into a single new office,” said Bill Wyatt, Port executive director. The office under consideration would combine functions located in the downtown Port headquarters with most Port aviation offices
Port commissioners have approved additional design work to help pinpoint final costs. After weighing those costs, a decision about consolidating Port offices will be made sometime in 2007. The garage, with or without the office, is expected to be completed in 2009.
PDX currently has 15,000 parking spaces in four parking locations: the garage, long- term lot, economy lot and employee parking lot.
PDX REFLECTS ON FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SEPT. 11
A moment of silence throughout Portland International Airport (PDX) marked the five-year anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, and honored those who were lost.
Since then, aviation security has been greatly enhanced, and the collective effort of PDX staff helped air travel reach an all-time record of nearly 13.9 million travelers last year.
“We’ll always be saddened when we think of those lost on 9/11. Many of them were our friends in the aviation industry,” said Mary Maxwell, Port of Portland aviation director. “…and yet, we have reason for pride in our accomplishments since that time, working together to make air travel safer than ever, helping restore travel to record levels, and continuing to provide the best customer service you’ll find anywhere.”
The many aviation security enhancements over the past five years included:
Federal creation of the Transportation Security Administration for passenger and baggage screening.
New screening equipment and 100 percent screening of all checked bags.
Carry-on item restrictions, including recent new restrictions on liquid items.
Revalidation of security badges using fingerprint based, criminal-history background checks.
New security training for airport workers.
Creation of a Port of Portland Public Safety and Security Department, and expansion of the Port’s Police Department.
CORPORATE CLIENTS PITCHED A THANK YOU
ALASKA DELIVERS MEXICO THIS WINTER
Aviation and Marine Industrial Lands corporate clients enjoyed a relaxing summer evening watching the Portland Beavers play the Las Vegas 51s at Portland’s PGE Park on Aug. 23 as a thank you for their business and support. The Port invited their guests to join “teammates” to celebrate a successful year that resulted from multiple partnerships.
To start the game, everyone cheered on Adidas Chief Financial Officer Brandt Schmidtmann as he threw out the night’s first pitch.
Susan Bladholm, the Port’s senior manager of corporate marketing, sums up the evening’s activities. “Great people, working towards a common cause watching Triple AAA baseball on a warm summer evening in Portland – it was a great way to round out the summer, get to know one another a little bit better and take a moment to recognize that collectively we can do great things for this place we call home.”
The beaches of Mexico may be just the ticket for a winter break and Alaska Airlines has the tickets! Alaska is offering seasonal, nonstop service between Portland and the Mexican resort destinations of Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.
From the end of October until the end of April 2007, travelers can fly with Alaska four days a week from Portland International Airport (PDX) to Los Cabos and three days a week from PDX to Puerto Vallarta.
Flights from PDX to Los Cabos and back are scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, beginning Oct. 28.
Flights from Portland to Puerto Vallarta and back are scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, beginning Oct. 29.
Alaska Airlines Vacations is offering vacation packages from Portland to the two beach cities. Prices for round-trip airfare and three nights’ accommodations start at $499 per person based on adult double occupancy. Customers must book and purchase packages by Nov. 10, 2006, and travel by Nov. 16, 2006.
These are Alaska’s first international departures from PDX. Alaska and sister carrier, Horizon Air, together serve 88 cities through an expansive network throughout the state of Alaska, the lower 48 states, Canada and Mexico.
TRACING SECURITY THREATS
New screening equipment and other recent modifications to security checkpoints are providing an added level of security and customer service at Portland International Airport.
In a partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), four new explosives detection trace portals began phasing into service earlier this year. Passengers identified as needing additional screening, as well as passengers selected at random, pass through the machines. As the passenger enters the trace portal, he or she is asked to stand still for a few seconds while several bursts of air are released, dislodging microscopic particles that are then collected and analyzed for traces of explosives. A computerized voice indicates when the passenger may exit the portal.
Other recent modifications to the airport’s security checkpoints include new, state-of-the-art metal detectors between each x-ray machine and new doors to accommodate customers with special needs such as wheelchairs. These devices allow the TSA to expedite security screening for travelers.
BIG SKY SERVICE
In June, Big Sky Airlines launched new weekend service from Portland to Missoula, Mont. and in August, it expanded the service to a daily schedule and added a new one-stop, same-plane service to Helena on Wednesdays.
“We are excited to offer Portland travelers more options to Montana,” said Fred deLeeuw, Big Sky’s president.
HAWAIIAN AIRLINES WINGS TO MAUI DAILY
Hawaiian’s service from Portland International Airport (PDX) to Maui increases from three times weekly to a year-round daily flight, beginning this fall.
Nonstop flight 6029 departs Portland every day at 1:00 p.m. and arrives in Missoula at 3:45 p.m. Nonstop flight 6028 departs Missoula at 10:30 a.m., arriving in Portland at 11:30 a.m.
Hawaiian also announced other systemwide changes including more flights, the recall of 22 furloughed pilots, and the hiring of 100 new flight attendants.
On weekdays, flight 6029 continues on from Missoula to Helena, arriving at 4:53 p.m. Flight 6028 departs each weekday from Helena at 9:30 a.m.
Big Sky Airlines currently serves 22 cities in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Big Sky operates as a code-sharing and frequent flier program partner with Alaska Airlines/ Horizon Air, Northwest Airlines and America West/US Air, allowing its customers the convenience of traveling with one ticket to destinations throughout the world.
Now in its 77th year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines is the state’s biggest and longest-serving airline, and the second largest provider of passenger air service between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland.
At PDX, nonstop service to Maui began in February 2003. Last year the airline served nearly 250,000 passengers at PDX. Hawaiian has the only wide-body domestic passenger service at PDX, using the new Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.
HORIZON AIR AND AMERICAN AIRLINES CELEBRATE MILESTONES
It’s the year of silver anniversaries for both Horizon Air and American Airlines at Portland International Airport (PDX).
Horizon marked its 25th year of doing business and serving the Pacific Northwest by unveiling a celebratory painted aircraft. The intricate and colorful design incorporates 15 colors, applied by 12 painters over 22 days, using a total of 276 gallons of paint. The aircraft is a Bombardier Q400, a 74-seat, high- speed turboprop.
its first flight on Sept. 1, 1981, from Seattle to Yakima, Horizon has grown into the Northwest’s largest regional airline, currently serving 46 cities.
American Airlines, which traces its roots back to the 1920s and is now the largest airline in the world, is celebrating 25 years of service at PDX. To highlight the occasion, American had a drawing as part of the airport concessionaires’ Father’s Day event in June and gave away two tickets for travel anywhere in the U.S.
American’s network serves 250 cities in more than 40 countries. In 2005, American served 575,000 passengers at PDX. The airline currently has seven daily departures from PDX, five to Dallas-Ft. Worth and two to Chicago-O’Hare
Last year, Horizon served more than 2.5 million passengers at PDX, more than any other airline. From