PDX Travel Drops 90%

While taking seriously Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s Stay Home, Save Lives Executive Order, the order allows the Port of Portland to continue to operate its airports and marine terminal facilities as parts of the region’s critical infrastructure.

Portland International Airport

Aviation is an important part of the nation’s transportation sector. Airlines provide services for passengers including aid workers, government officials and business leaders; in addition, passenger jets also carry a large portion of U.S. mail. Airports need to remain operational in order to receive passenger and cargo flights, which can carry food, medical supplies, documents, and many other items communities depend upon.

PDX is open and operational for essential travel. Although, given the state of COVID-19 in our community, across the nation and around the world, passenger volumes at PDX have declined significantly.

Our airport partners estimate that the volume of passengers we’re seeing at this time is down approximately 90% compared to the same time period last year. During March 2019, an average of 51,300 travelers passed through PDX daily. Revised forecasts for this week are predicting between 3,000 and 5,000 daily passengers.

PDX has seen temporary suspensions of transpacific and transatlantic service, as well as suspension of flights to Canada. Airlines continue to make changes to their daily flights, and changes to their future flight schedules, as they adjust to the dynamic conditions created by COVID-19.

At this time, PDX has seen more than 20 temporary closures of airport shops and restaurants. The Port is keeping airport information updated at www.flypdx.com/covid-19.

Marine Terminals

The Port’s marine terminals remain open and operational, as they continue to help move critical goods in and out of the region.

While the Port has seen some declines in auto imports and exports, its bulk marine facilities—which handle grains, potash and soda ash—are experiencing normal export numbers.

SM Line, the South Korea shipping company, continues to call weekly at Terminal 6.

The Port is keeping marine information updated at www.portofportland.com/covid-19.

Source: Port of Portland

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