PDX one step closer to $20 million pedestrian corridor
09:00 AM PDT
on Thursday, April 15, 2004
Port of Portland commissioners took a step toward approving a $20 million pedestrian corridor that would link the Portland International Airport's north and south terminals.
Portland International Airport. (kgw.com Photo)
The corridor would allow passengers to move among most of the airport's major concourses without having to go through airport security checkpoints a second time.
Port officials said the pedestrian corridor has been a much-needed adjustment since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Steven Schreiber, the Port's aviation director, told the commission that it would reduce passenger hassles and delays.
"We all know that since the events of 9/11, airport security has changed forever," Schrieber said. "Once people get through, they don't want to do it again. We need this permanent connecting corridor."
The Port commission hopes to hire a contractor to build the corridor by summer. On Wednesday, it approved the type of contractor selection process that Port staff will use in that process.
Port officials hope the airport's airlines will agree to cover the construction costs.
The pedestrian corridor is one of a number of major capital expenditures in the works at the Port. At Wednesday's meeting, staff members unveiled the Port's 2004-05 budget, which calls for $164 million in capital spending, the second highest in the Port's history. About $91 million of that will take place at the airport, while the balance will go toward the Port's marine, real estate, navigation and other divisions.
The Port's commissioners also voted unanimously Wednesday to give Northwest Airlines $2.1 million in landing-fee and terminal-rent waivers and marketing assistance in its first year offering daily flights to Japan. Northwest will begin the service in June.
The airport has offered no daily passenger service to Asia since Delta suspended its Japan service in 2001.
The incentives package is similar to those given to Portland International's two other international carriers, Lufthansa and Mexicana airlines.
I just stumbled across this article today and though I would share it with all you airline enthusiat. It appears the airport is going all out the help smooth connection passengers to the new Northwest Narita flight. I'm curious though, would it be less costly if the just added a custom facility in concourse c . instead of adding this underground corridor?