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Spring Break Travel Takes Off at PDX

Feeling rushed yet pining for pastrami from Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen? Running behind schedule yet still want to bring your mother-in-law a gift from Tender Loving Empire?

Portland International Airport is gearing up for the spring break travel surge by offering more convenient options to access the airport’s award-winning restaurants and retail outlets before catching a flight.  

Starting this Friday, March 22, app-based delivery service AtYourGate will be operating at PDX, providing travelers the opportunity to have food and retail goods delivered to their airport location.

PDX will be the sixth airport where this service operates but the first airport location nationally to offer three convenient options: order and pick up yourself, delivery for now (within an hour of flight) or scheduled delivery (up to 24 hours before flight).

The company launches its service with options from more than 10 airport restaurants and retailers including Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen, Bangkok Express, Pendleton and Tender Loving Empire. Download the app or check the airport’s website for a full list of participating airport establishments.

Spring Break Stats

Roughly 955,000 travelers are expected during the peak spring travel period, spanning March 21 through April 7 and encompassing both Oregon and Washington school spring breaks.

On the airport’s busiest forecasted days—March 21 & 22 and April 1—roughly 57,000 travelers will pass through PDX each day, compared to the normal daily average of almost 51,000 during this time of year.

PDX set an all-time passenger record—19.8 million travelers—in 2018. While it’s still early in the year, the airport is on track to surpass that record for 2019.

Fast Forward to Summer

Staying put for spring and looking forward to summer? Still deciding on your summer sojourn? Consider these international cities—each reached by simply one flight from PDX.

  • Icelandair resumed its flights to Reykjavik, Iceland on March 15.
  • WestJet starts flying from Portland to Calgary, Canada on April 29.
  • Delta Air Lines restarts nonstop service to London’s Heathrow Airport on May 9 and will be operating the flight daily through the summer and early fall. (As part of the airport’s spring promotion, travelers can enter now to win a pair of round-trip tickets on this flight!)
  • Condor Airlines resumes seasonal nonstop flights to Frankfurt, Germany on May 5.
  • Air Canada resumes flights to Toronto on May 25.

Add these flights to the year-round nonstop service offered to Tokyo and Amsterdam (Delta); and Calgary and Vancouver, Canada (Air Canada), and—as they say—the world is your oyster.

Additionally, Sun Country Airlines is expanding service to domestic destinations, giving PDX travelers more options for travel in the coming months with the start of flights from Portland to Nashville, Tennessee (May 2); San Antonio (June 5); and St. Louis (June 7).


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