PDX Underserved? Not really considering the size of the market. Regardless of what the Port of Portland thinks, previous experiments have fizzled. Delta's mini-hub is an example. Even during the boom of the Silicon Forest the non-stops to Asia (MNL
, SEL, FUK
) all fizzled out. Unfortunately, we just have to deal with being a second-tier market and have to deal with stops if we want to go trans-con. Sad, but true. Sure, LH
started, and MX
will soon, but how long will they last? Sure there will be bright spots like AS
/QX, but overall we're not huge and really won't be...we're really not that big, comparatively.
No offense, but both MMV and HIO would be horrible for cargo. For 1 reason: accessibility. PDX
has easy I-205 and pretty easy I-5 access. For HIO you have to run Hwy. 26 which even on good days sucks and MMV has to run Hwy. 99 which is the same. We throughput a lot of transit freight here, because of the close proximity to the rest of the NW
. At least 1/3 of the KE
in-bound is for SEA
with some additional going various spots in Canada (YVR
, YEA), so the location works. Transit times from SEA
would increase about 45min - 1hr. minimum. It doesn't sound like a lot, but considering we plan our outbound trucks to drop at D-6, 1 hour makes a large difference. And besides, the infrastructure needed at both spots to make them work is pretty large, much more than it would be worth.