I don't know about the rest of you, but one of the reasons I've refrained from posting here is that there is so much unnecessary negative drama surrounding what's happening at PDX. Perhaps it's because I may be a bit older than some, but overall, PDX is a much more robust airport than it was even a mere 10 years ago. Sure, Alaska has cut some flights/routes. But they have also added as well. They dominate PDX as an extremely profitable hub, and won't be going anywhere. I moved here in the early 2000s, and I can honestly say that PDX offers a more diverse selection of nonstop routes then when I first moved here 18 years ago. It get's so old hearing the complaints/comparisons about SEA versus PDX. It's been done countless times, so no need to rehash it again and again. I've seen comments about how some airlines should just end their service outright because there are those who are disenfranchised with the offerings. Others think Alaska is giving up on PDX when they trim routes while at the same time bolstering routes where they are successful. Honestly, it gets very tiring. I used to love coming here to read the opinions of others, but now, I'll take note of specific posters, and not even bother reading comments anymore as I know it will just be a negative opinion, based on personal feelings instead of facts. I'm all for the exchange of thoughts, ideas and opinions, but lately, it has become unreasoned and unrealistic expectations resulting in ultra negative opinions by a select few who fail to recognize all of the successes of PDX. Sure, it could be better. It could ALWAYS be better. At every airport, nationwide. But the doom and gloom comments about PDX need to stop. PDX is doing exceptionally well. So let's appreciate and support our airport for what it offers as opposed to what it doesn't, and look forward with optimism. Perhaps then, those of us who have bowed out of the conversation, will feel compelled to come back.
Sigh... by saying this, you're only going to ensue more drama. In fact, it's ridiculous comments like this that make the quality of this site go downhill. The only people who are stating "negative drama" is you. The fact that you're interpreting the comments as being "negative", are completely false. The Seattle vs. Portland comparisons are made, not in order to show the weakness at PDX, but instead to analyze and to understand the strategies of the airlines in the Pacific Northwest. Nobody is putting a negative connotation surrounding PDX. It's a great airport, that has seen lots of growth throughout the years--and for it's size, it has done very well. However, there have been more cuts than adds as of recently. That is a FACT, not an OPINION. And even if the posts are "negative", as you say, they're still opinions at the end of the day. You don't have to agree with their opinion, but you can respect what they think and why they think it, and you can explain to them why you think they're wrong instead of making unproductive posts like this that go nowhere and only create more drama. By stating only the positives that have happen at the airport, you end up failing to realize what's truly happening at the airport, and why airlines are providing what routes that they are from PDX. It's almost as if you're wanting to censor/suppress any "negative" opinion surrounding PDX, which is wholly unexceptionable.
Oh and guess what, I take note of certain posters too. Welcome to my ignored users list.