Booked a couple more international trips this week... really hard in the winter to use the PDX-AMS for Europe stuff...
Prices were crazy expensive for business class. And one flight a day doesn't give me as many options as I was ok with in the past.
Summer is a bit easier with the LHR and even the FRA non-stop to fall back on.
Jan - March is just slim slim pickings for us.... I wanted to use the AMS flight as normal, but pricing was 3x everyone else.
So, in the next two months... doing:
PDX-SFO-FRA on United(!)
DUS-LHR-SEA on BA
PDX-SEA-LHR on Virgin Atlantic
OSL-AMS-PDX on DL
Delta missed out on a chunk of money there, and for the love of god, is our city not big enough yet for some winter non-stops too?
About to booked PDX-SEA-PEK, PDX-YVR-HKG, can't even connect PDX-NRT-XXX anymore on Delta.
Seems to me that PoP is more interested in getting airlines like Sun Country than actively pursuing additional foreign airlines to make a long-term commitment to PDX, beyond the initial 5-year incentive honeymoon period.
At one point not too long ago, someone had posted on here about an unnamed Chinese airline interested in starting up PEK-PDX. But, with the trade relations situation with China as they are now, I don't see that happening anytime soon. With the strong DL/Skyteam customer base in Portland, any additional expansion into Asia will be on DL metal, via ICN. Short of that, it's connecting via SFO on UA to Asia or up to SEA.
As for winter non-stops to Europe, the most logical carrier to offer a more budget-friendly option for Portlanders would eventually be Icelandair.
The Portland metro area simply does not have a large enough corporate headquarter base to anchor a consistent (and profitable) customer base to support daily non-stop service to more international destinations. And leisure travelers are very seasonal in Portland...not too many people want to leave Portland weather in the winter to experience the same kind of weather (or worse) in Europe. It's Hawaii, California, Mexico, Las Vegas, etc. for the warm weather getaway.