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This Summer Things Look Pretty Different at PDX

As the nation emerges from the pandemic, and travel at Portland International Airport picks up, travelers are advised to remember two key things for successful journeys: use the correct checkpoint so you don’t have to go through security twice and keep your masks on.

Summer travel is typically the busiest time of year at PDX; this year is no exception. July is expected to be the busiest month, with peak travel days expected to exceed 50,000 travelers.

While travel volumes haven’t returned to pre-pandemic numbers, things will look much different this summer than last summer. Yet, travel volumes are still below pre-pandemic numbers.


Summer Total

July Total

Peak Days


5.7 million

2 million

71,000 travelers


1.3 million


28,000 travelers

2021 (forecast)

4.2 million

1.4 million

50,000 travelers

With PDX under construction and the airport getting busier, travelers should give themselves plenty of time to get to their gates.

Construction Continues: Work continues at PDX to build a new, more spacious main terminal. A few key changes:

  • The Concourse Connector closed – the post-security hallway that had connected the north and south sides of the airport no longer exists. With this change, it’s more important than ever that all travelers confirm which gate their flight departs from and use the corresponding security checkpoint so they don’t have to go through security twice.
  • The Oregon Market/Clocktower Plaza closed – the pre-security hall containing shops and restaurants is no longer accessible; however, pre-security food and shopping is still available at Portland Coffee Roasters, Elephants Deli and Your Northwest Travel Mart.

Masks On: To keep everyone protected, face coverings are required at PDX (and in all airports nationwide, as well as onboard all commercial flights). Face coverings must cover your nose and mouth.

Some travel destinations require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests to enter without quarantine requirements. Travelers can find testing details and review tips about what to expect and what they can do to make their journey safer at



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