MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6347 posts, RR: 50 Posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3310 times:
I just got back from a two-day trip to the Pacific Northwest (see my post on the non-aviation forum entitled "same day concert cancellations suck").
I just have to say that PDX is by far one of the nicest airports i've ever flown into. The C terminal was gorgeous. The ticketing area was spotless and modern. The rental car facility was extremely close to the terminal and easy to navigate. And the approach into PDX over the river was incredible. You guys should be proud of that place, it's first class all the way. Also I love the easy access to I-5 with the attractive airport access road. Just a perfect airport as far as i'm concerned.
PDXtriple7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 695 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3223 times:
As a native Portlander for over 17 years, I thank you for your nice comments about the NW and PDX. It has come a long way over the years. I find it to be one of the easiest airports in the US to navigate through. The approach with Mt. Hood, St. Helens, and the Columbia is amazing. The only complaint I have are that we need more airlines, larger aircraft, and more international flights.
Thanks for your kind words...I agree as well, especially when I think back to the way it was in '84 and all the work that's been done there since then.
Quoting PDXtriple7 (Reply 1): The only complaint I have are that we need more airlines, larger aircraft, and more international flights.
I think that will come in time. The more travellers like MSYTristar who fly through and come away pleased, the more demand there will be for flights through PDX. It also depends heavily on the regional economy, which is showing signs of life again.
Leneld From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 606 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3160 times:
MSYtristar...First as a Portlander I would like to thankyou for the great comment about PDX and the Northwest region. I hope you felt welcomed here and you will visit Oregon agian. PDX is one of my favorite mid size airport in the US, and has come a long way over the years with endless construction. Hopefully were going to get a break, however, with the current passenger jump I highly doubt it......
Thelowfarehero From Cayman Islands, joined Aug 2005, 144 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 3147 times:
Yes, PDX is a beautiful airport with great views on approach/departure. Was diverted from SEA due to fog and had a 2 hour stop in PDX, and was highly impressed as well. Hopefully the Oregon economy picks up more , and air service grows from there.
FlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 13 Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days ago) and read 3123 times:
I agree that PDX is one of my favorite airports around. On one complicated trip I took, I had to spend the night there and it was great. I've spent the night in SEA several times and it sucks. But PDX is a great airport to overnight in. You have to leave security but they have comfy couches outside of security to sleep on. My only complaint is that the food places close early. I flew through there in December and my flight left SFO late, but I didn't get dinner there because it was too early for me and I figured I could eat at PDX. We arrived at PDX just before 8 and everything was getting ready to close down. But other than that,it's a great, clean, beautiful, friendly airport. Now I just have to see if the city is as great as the airport. I'll be going in September if everything works out.
STLUAL747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 167 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3049 times:
The approach into PDX is my all time favorite. I went there last summer and we passed right by Mt. Hood. That was awesome. The mountains aren't the only cool thing but the amount of green you see flying over the city is great too. Once we landed I could see Mt. St. Helens. It was also nice that our pilot was pointing everything out along the way. It definitely made up for the hour delay on the tarmac in DEN due to lightning over the airport before the flight.
I must agree when I flew out the security lines were very long and weren't moving at all. Luckily we showed up reallllly early for the flight. I took a stroll down to Norhtwest's gates where a flight to Tokyo was boarding. That was a pretty cool thing to watch since we have none of that in STL.
All in all I enjoyed the Portland area and the airport very much. I would love to go back again.
Nonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1289 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2962 times:
This is a very good airport. The waiting area is especially nice and clean (right before security). It was very easy to rent a car there, and the "City of Roses" is certainly worth exploring. This is a flight where you would want to have a window seat. Mt. Hood is typically off the left side of the plane if you are coming from the east. Even if it is overcast, the greenery of the valley is really amazing. The airport has never felt like it was overcrowded to me. I remember when Delta had a lot of flights into PDX. It was sad to see them go, especially the DFW-PDX run. I did enjoy flying up there on more than one occasion.
Sea-Tac is really not that bad either, at least the parts that I saw. There is plenty of good spotting, and the approach to this airport is also incredible with Mt. Rainier and Puget Sound.
I believe you are talking about I-205, along Airport Way, with its landscaping. I wish I-5 had better access....perhaps someday Airport Way could be extended through? Or at least Marine Drive could be widened and connected to make an easy transition.
Quoting Mtnmanmakalu (Reply 8): If by "rocks" you mean because PDX has the longest security lines in the USA
I recently saw the national figures on airport security lines, it was very comprehensive, even showing peak times of day for each major airport. PDX is in the middle of the list, not the best but certainly not the worst. As for peak times....about 0600 to 0800 is one of the worst times of day to try to get through security, by 8:30am the lines are pretty dead and you can breeze right through.
I was just up at PDX last week. I had a 7:10am flight and the security line was actually shorter than anticipated. Try security at OAK, especially for an early morning flight. Its unbelievably bad.
PDX airport is spotlessly clean and spacious. I love the wide open spaces where the concourses converge. Great views of the runways and taxiways, lots of room to sit down. An absolutely first class airport.
MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6347 posts, RR: 50 Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2841 times:
Quoting HPRamper (Reply 13): believe you are talking about I-205, along Airport Way, with its landscaping
Yes that's right, I-205. Still, it was pretty easy to get to I-5 I thought. Overall a very pleasant experience and I would not hesitate to fly through PDX again. Next time hopefully i'll get to see some of the city, looks like a neat place!
I wish AS or WN would look into a MSY-PDX flight; oddly enough, I think one per day would work.
Spirtofalaska From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 192 posts, RR: 5 Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2727 times:
Quoting Mtnmanmakalu (Reply 8): If by "rocks" you mean because PDX has the longest security lines in the USA, then I agree- PDX rocks!!!
yah...wtf??? i just flew through it 3 times in july, and my wait time was less than 5 minutes each time. They had quite a long line each time, but They FLEW through the people. Im not sure where you got your info from...:S....
The airport is awesome, THEY EVEN HAVE FREE WIFI!
Portland itself is an incredible city, I LOVE IT, and im sorry i had to move out of it. I LOVE portland, and i hope to one day get to move back there!
Bluewave 707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3147 posts, RR: 7 Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2710 times:
Count me in too! I think PDX is a great airport!
Having an annual trip every July, I make time to get some spotting done. This past July, was the first time spotting from the top of the parking deck. Though the weather was quite cloudy, the view of both sides made up for it. I just wish HA's flights would leave a bit later in the day. Either that, or fly to another city before flying home.
As far as the TSA lines @ PDX, it just depends when your flight is. Sometimes there are no lines at all. Though Terminals A - C have QX, AS, and WN as the main airlines with the most frequencies, and I've seen the TSA line on that side, it can get quite LONG! Just get there early.
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Jetpixx From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 813 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2685 times:
PDX is one of my favorite airports to spot at from the top of the parking garage when I have the pleasure to visit - and Oregon is by far my favorite state. I've been all over that beautiful place for whitewater rafting on the Deschutes, to hiking the Eagle Creek Trail and Tunnel Falls, to Government Camp - the Hood River Brewing Co. and Tollgate campground, to Diamond Lake in the south and Crater Lake NP, to Silver Falls State Park and the wonderful waterfalls of the Gorge, as well as Toketee, Tumalo, Sahalie Falls, etc. and Deer Creek (Bigelow) Hot Springs......WHAT A STATE! I want a vacation there again....can you tell I miss it?
Stirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 26 Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2642 times:
And one more thing about the TSA....
Portland had been SO efficient latley; that 133 workers were deemed "unnecessary" and re-allocated to other less efficient airports.
TSA wait-times are relative. Depends on as little as +/- 5 minutes of when you get there.
It's never been publicly stated, but I wonder if the Port of Portland (PDX)is in some kind of un-spoken competition with the Port of Seattle (SEA)?
I'm not a native, but lived in Portland many years ago, and it is great to see Portland finally get positive recognition, and repeatedly.
Because I remember it back in the 60's/70's/80's when PDX was a dark and dismal place; the only way to get there was via NE 82nd Ave...the concourses were in a "V" shape, not the present "U" shape; and most importantly, except for the few flights to ORD, DEN, and DFW, the only places you could fly to were SEA, within Oregon,Washington, & Idaho, and of course California.
Nonstop to Phoenix didn't even come along until after de-regulation.
Bartond From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 788 posts, RR: 3 Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2584 times:
"yah...wtf??? i just flew through it 3 times in july, and my wait time was less than 5 minutes each time. They had quite a long line each time, but They FLEW through the people. Im not sure where you got your info from...:S...."
I agree with this poster. I went through on Monday afternoon (3pm) and there was virtually no wait at all. The only thing that took any time was getting my clunky shoes off and my laptop out of my case. I've never waited more than 5 minutes at that airport. A very nice, clean facility, too.
25 HPRamper: Portland is ALWAYS in some sort of competition with Seattle, spoken or not. Every aspect of the city including commerce. Living here you really start
26 Gipper913: Huh? I fly up there twice a month (girlfriend lives in Portland) and I have never had more than a 15 minute line. And, that 15 minute number was only
27 MSYtristar: The security line was long when I got in it the other night but I was through in less than ten minutes minutes. I thought it was very efficient. I fir
28 Gipper913: There is ONE issue with PDX I failed to mention - the starlings that nest by the hundreds in the canopy over the terminal drop-off area - which makes
29 Jetpixx: Two airports immediately come to mind when talking about REAL security delays - CLE and FLL. Total jokes, especially FLL - at least in the DL termina
30 GoCOgo: I admit I don't fly much, but I must say my longest security wait to date was at CAK. One line during the busy morning: ridiculus. I have yet to have
31 Gipper913: Very true...which I why I tended to comment of facilities I frequent at least once a month. Too often, we a.netters tend to take singular experiences
32 SRT75: 1) Yes, it is a nice airport. But when I was there it seemed a little sleepy. 2) I have problems with a State that does not allow you to pump your own
33 Stirling: Then you must really hate not having to fork over a State Sales Tax....
34 Gipper913: That IS weird. Like a jobs program fro gas-pumpers! LOLOLOL well put.
35 Flashmeister: 2) I have problems with a State that does not allow you to pump your own gas. It's un-American. Yeah, we can't pump our own gas, but as said, we keep
36 N766UA: Really? I've flown out of CLE probably 30 times in the past 5 years and have never waited more than 15 minutes in security. Since they re-did the sec
37 Darrell: I've been flying in and out of PDX my whole life. As a native Portlander, I've watched the airport grow and expand for over 30 years. My first ever pl
38 Senorcarnival: I flew into PDX once, this past February on a visit to UO. I spent most of that weekend driving around the coast and the Bend area. I loved Oregon in
39 UnitedFlyer: Does anybody have any PDX terminal pictures (inside and out) from the 1950's to the present? Would be fun to see how much PDX has improved over the ye
40 Stirling: Back when Tom McCall was governor, there was a billboard just over the state line from California on I-5....... "Welcome to Oregon, please don't stay
41 Aznjapken: Former Gov. Tom McCall was known for his quote: "We want you to visit our State of Excitement often. Come again and again. But for heaven's sake, don'
42 S12PPL: It truely is a beautiful airport! I should be flying out the week of Thanksgiving to watch a 49ers game in San Francisco, then to spend Turkey Day wit
43 Wobbles: Due to my job, I have lived all over the US, and trying to speak neutrally as possible, Portland is the best metro area I have ever lived in. Seattle/
44 Cltguy: OK, I'll take the bait, please indulge us in your negative CLT experience. I love to hear them since they are few of them out there.
45 Darrell: I posted a thread on 12/24/04 entitled "CLT is a major headache". just do a search for it and it will partially explain my lack of love for CLT.
46 RampRat74: The carpet doesn't look like the runway configuration. Next time you guys are in the D&E atrium, look up at the rafters. They are covered in about th
47 Cltguy: Oh yes, I remember that thread now. Most of the stuff that caused you frustration is either in the process of being improved or already has been. Hop
48 Bucky707: Forget the airport. Yes, its great. But, I love the city of Portland! My favorite layover in our entire system. Great city!
49 PDXtriple7: I'm a native Portlander and love the state of Oregon, but let's be honest here. The city is screwed up. I'm in really the only Portland Public High Sc
50 HPRamper: We have birds nesting in the rubber bumpers of two of our jetways. They dive-bomb us as we are loading the aircraft. New Jersey doesn't either, at la
51 Jetpixx: Funny - do you have access to my FF# and understand how frequently I fly? I tend to move through NE Ohio at least 10-12 times per year - so I'd say I
52 SparkingWave: I have never been to the Portland airport, but I have heard many good things about it and have followed news of it off and on through the years. I was
53 Flashmeister: I was happy again when NW added PDX-NRT with a 747, no less. PDX-NRT initially started with DC-10, and switched to A330 fairly early on. I don't think
54 HPRamper: I don't believe the flight was ever anything but a DC-10 or A330. There are no passenger 747 flights at PDX, the closest thing is the Lufthansa A340 t
55 Leneld: Your right Flashmeister.....NWA has never scheduled the 747 on the current PDX-NRT route. I beleive that would be way to much capacity for a city of P
56 GoCOgo: Actually, of late, I find that CAK lovers are the ones dogging the competition. Telling people lines are long and they are better off at CAK is hardl
57 StevenUhl777: I think it's more sinister: "Welcome to Oregon...we shoot every third car from California.." There used to be a really nice sign on the borderline, c
58 Stirling: I was on one of those helicopter tours of Maui about 10 years ago; and the pilot said the island contained 11! Don't know if it's true or not... Sure
59 Gipper913: Funny - what made you think I was in any way referring to you? My post was referencing GoCOgo's statement and I specifically said too many a.netters
60 GoCOgo: Indeed, my initial post was referring to many in this thread, not just you Jetpixx. I saw you making a generalization about CLE and CAK I wanted to c
61 Gipper913: Exactly right, on all points. And, you seemed pretty clear to me.
62 Blackhawk144: PDX is my second favorite airport in the world...next to my hometown airport, of course...but really, it's an awesome airport. Anthony
63 HPRamper: I would argue that Washington has the same number of distinct regions. I heard the same thing you did about MY state so I'm sure they are probably th