Friday, October 18, 2013

PDX has a shopping mall behind

PDX has a shopping mall behind its ticketing counters, with all shops and restaurants open every day. Because the state is one of the few in the nation with no sales tax, all stores offer tax-free shopping. The Port of Portlandalso requires all airport shops and restaurants to practice fair retail pricing—businesses are not allowed to charge more than at off-airport locations.HP Pavilion dv6-3034ss   CPU   Fan

Stores include national stores and Oregon-based ones such as Made in Oregon,Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Powell's Books, Oregon Pendleton Shop, and The Real Mother Goose among others.[4] Food services also are a mix of national chains and local options.

In 2008, PDX handled 14,299,234 passengers and had non-stop commercial air service to 16 of the 17 most populated US Metropolitan Statistical Areas.[5] HP Pavilion dv7-3165ef  CPU Fan

There was an average of 1.2 million passengers on 17,600 commercial flight operations per month.[5] The airport also handled 19,500 short tons of air freight per month.

In 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010, PDX was identified as the top airport for business travelers in the United States byCondé Nast Traveler magazine.[6][7] HP X16-1000 Series CPU Fan The Condé Nast ranking was based upon criteria including location and access, ease of connections, food, shops, amenities, comfort and design, and perceived safety and security; PDX received the top overall score, and the magazine noted the airport’s environmentally friendly initiatives, including the airport's use of solar panels for power, its connection to the MAX Light Rail, and its recycling of its restaurants' used oil and grease. IBM ThinkPad Z61m  CPU Fan In 2008, a J.D. Power study contradicted the magazine's assessment, ranking the airport 19th in overall airport satisfaction out of 21 U.S. airports with from 10 to 30 million passengers per year. It scored PDX average in the categories of check-in/baggage check, security check, and baggage claims. ACER Aspire One D250 CPU Fan

It also scored at the bottom of several categories, including overall airport satisfaction, airport accessibility, terminal facilities and food and retail services.

Portland Airport has five concourses (A, B, C, D, E) as well as a business aviation terminal. In addition, a dedicated facility handles cargo operations. Airport Lounges are available from Alaska Airlines, Delta and United. ACER Ferrari 4000 CPU Fan

Concourses A and B are given mostly to Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. Alaska is Portland's largest carrier.

The international section of Concourse D was renamed the Governor Victor G. Atiyeh International Concourse to honor former Oregon Governor Victor G. Atiyeh, who was also known as "Trader Vic" for launching international tourism and trade initiatives during his term as Oregon Governor.[9] HP G42-367TU CPU Fan

Note: All international arrivals (except flights from cities with customs preclearance) are handled at the far end of Concourse D, regardless of their departure terminal.

Portland's main airport has been in two other incarnations. The first was on Swan Island,[16] now used by the Port of Portland for industrial parks,[17] and the second was the 1940s–1950s configuration on the present site known as the "super airport".[18] Toshiba Satellite L350-146 CPU Fan

The third and present configuration was first known as "The International", but is now known as PDX in all common and most official usage.

In 1925 aviation proponents proposed an airport for Portland on Swan Island, northwest of downtown Portland on the Willamette River. HP Pavilion dv8335ea CPU Fan

The Port of Portland purchased 256 acres (104 ha) and construction began in 1926. Although the airport wasn't completed until 1930, Charles Lindbergh flew in and dedicated the new airfield in 1927.

By 1935 it was becoming apparent to the Port of Portland that the Swan Island Airport was becoming obsolete.[16] Dell Vostro 3400 CPU Fan

The small airfield couldn't easily be expanded, nor could it accommodate the larger aircraft and passenger loads expected to become common to Portland. Plans immediately were conceived to relocate the outdated airfield to a larger site.

Swan Island Airport was officially named Portland Airport until the opening of the new airport. APPLE MG62090V1-Q020-S99 CPU Fan The present PDX site was purchased by the Portland City Council in 1936. It was 700 acres (280 ha) bordered by the Columbia River in the north and the Columbia Slough in the south. The city council issued US$300,000 and asked the Port of Portland to sponsor a US$1.3 million Works Progress Administration (WPA) grant to develop the site into a "super airport". APPLE 15" Macbook Pro Unibody CPU Fan

The project provided badly needed Great Depression-era jobs and was completed in 1940.[19] The airport was designated Portland-Columbia Airport to distinguish it from then-operating Swan Island Airport.

During World War II the airfield was used by the United States Army Air Forces. Gateway 6020GZ CPU Fan The "super airport" had a terminal on the north side, off Marine Drive, and five runways (NE-SW, NW-SE, and an E-W runway forming an asterisk). This configuration was adequate until a new terminal and a longer, 8,800-foot (2,700 m) east-west runway were constructed in 1952. Airport diagrams for 1955 and1965. Toshiba Satellite Pro M30-891 CPU Fan

In 1948 the entire airport grounds were flooded during the Vanport Flood, forcing scheduled airline services to reroute to nearby Troutdale Airport. The grounds were under water for several months.

A new terminal opened in 1959, which for the most part serves as the present facility.[20] The new terminal is located to the east of the original runways, and north of the then-new 8,800 ft. runway. Toshiba Satellite Pro M30-782 CPU Fan Construction of a second east-west runway to the north made this a midfield terminal. At this point, all but the NE-SW (3/21) runway in the original "X" were abandoned and turned into taxiways. 3/21 was extended for use as a cross-wind runway. "International" was added to the airport's official designation after the 1950s-era improvements. HP Pavilion dv5-1050eo CPU Fan Plans made in 1968 to add a third runway by means of filling in parts of the Columbia River were met with vocal public opposition and scrapped. The airport switched from screening passengers at individual gates to screening all visitors at concourse entrances in 1973 as new FAA regulations went into effect.[21] SONY VGN-SZ220 CPU Fan

In 1974 the south runway was extended to 11,000 feet (3,400 m) to service the newest jumbo jets. The terminal building was renovated and expanded in 1977.[20]

By the 1980s, the terminal building began an extensive renovation in order to update PDX to meet future needs. Dell Studio XPS 1645 CPU Fan The ticketing and baggage claim areas were renovated and expanded, and a new Concourse D for Alaska Airlines was added in 1986.[22]Concourse E was first to be reconstructed in 1992, and featured PDX's first moving sidewalks.[20] The Oregon Marketplace, a small shopping mall, was added in the former waiting areas behind the ticket counters. ACER eMachines 7230 CPU Fan

The early 1990s saw a food court and extension added to Concourse C, and the opening of the new Concourse D in 1994.[20] This marked the first concessions inside secured areas, allowing passengers to purchase items without having to be re-screened.

An expanded parking garage, new control tower, and canopy over the curbside were finished in the late 1990s. DELL Latitude E4300 CPU Fan Although hailed by architectural critics, the canopy blocked views of Mount Hood from the curbside. On July 31, 1997, during construction, the garage addition collapsed due to inadequate bolts holding girders together and inadequate securing of structural members, killing three steelworkers.[23] SONY Vaio VGN-A29LP CPU Fan The present H-shape of the PDX terminal, designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership,[24] was completed on September 10, 2001 when the new A, B and C concourses, as well as the light rail line, were finished. Probably the most stunning portion of PDX's interior, the new concourses reflect a Northwest theme, focusing heavily on the nearby Columbia river. HP Pavilion dv7t-6100 CTO CPU Fan

A huge celebration was to be held the following weekend, but the events of September 11, 2001 interceded. The new concourses, designed to be public spaces, were closed to non-passengers.

In August 2005, the concourse connector was opened.[25] This is a long hallway on the secure side of the airport that connects the A, B, and C concourses to the D and E concourses on the other side of the airport. HP Pavilion dv7-3163cl CPU Fan

If there is a long line at the checkpoint at one end of the airport, passengers may use the other checkpoint and walk through the connector to their desired concourse.

The April 1957 OAG shows 38 United departures a day, 10 West Coast, 8 Northwest and 6 Western. Alaska had four a week and Pacific Northern had three; HP Pavilion dv7-4140ed CPU Fan

Pan Am and Northwest both flew SEA-PDX-HNL and back, Pan Am with 5 DC-7C round trips a week and Northwest with four DC-6Bs. Portland's first jets were Pan Am 707-321s about October 1959.In 1966 PDX had nonstop flights to SLC, DEN, ORD and no other cities farther east than Boise; in 1977 nonstops reached LAS-PHX-DEN-DFW-ORD and no others east of Boise. In 1967 United started PDX's first transcon nonstop, to JFK; it ended in 1973. Compaq Presario CQ60-155ep CPU Fan

In the 1980s Air California had nonstop flights to Seattle, Reno and the Bay Area; PSA (Pacific Southwest Airlines) had nonstops to San Francisco and one or two to Reno and Sacramento. In 2010 Northwest's former Honolulu service was eliminated by Delta altogether.

The first international nonstop was Western's 720B to Vancouver in 1967; HP Mini 110-3000sd CPU Fan

that may have been PDX's only international nonstop until Delta started Tokyo almost twenty years later.

Delta Air Lines used Portland as a gateway in the 1990s for extensive service to Asia with its MD-11 aircraft, until the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. International travel decreased even further due to complaints about treatment at the immigration facility in Portland, Compaq Presario CQ60-155ep CPU Fan leading it to be nicknamed "DePortland".[27][28] The combination of these factors caused Delta to discontinue what was then the last direct flight from PDX to Tokyo's Narita International Airport (NRT) and Nagoya in March 2001.[29] This change brought local media scrutiny, which, when combined with the resulting Congressional pressure, caused those in charge[who?] of the immigration facility to address the problems.[ SONY Vaio VPC-EA46FM/B CPU Fan

Delta resumed a Narita nonstop service in 2009 as part of its acquisition of Northwest.

Meanwhile, local travel businesses had begun recruiting other carriers. Lufthansa started direct flights to Frankfurt, Germany, on March 31, 2003.[30] However, in September 2009, Lufthansa indefinitely suspended the Portland-Frankfurt route citing lack of profitability.[31] Toshiba Satellite L500-1XL CPU Fan Northwest Airlines introduced non stop flights to Tokyo (Narita Airport) on June 10, 2004.[32] Mexicana Airlines also introduced service to Guadalajara, Mexico and Mexico City. After 5 years of service between PDX and Mexico, the service was cancelled by Mexicana Airlines on May 2, 2008, due to high fuel prices and change in demand. HP Mini 110-3000sd CPU Fan

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