If you’ve seen some construction at PDX recently, you probably have a few questions. That’s what we’re here for.
If you’re traveling with us soon: Visit FlyPDX.com/Travelsafe to learn how the Port of Portland is working to keep our community safe and what you can expect the next time you come to Portland International Airport.
Where to find the latest construction updates: For the latest travel updates, head over to FlyPDX.com, and follow along on Twitter at @FlyPDX for timely news and at-the-moment alerts. Keep coming back here to PDXNext.com for sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes stories.
The new Concourse E extension at PDX is complete. This bright new home for Southwest Airlines opened in July 2020 at PDX thanks to our many partners, who worked through challenging times to cross the finish line. A big round of applause to Skanska, more than 75 local construction subcontractors, Hennebery Eddy Architects, Fentress Architects, Tillamook, Jamba, Calliope, Your Northwest Travel Mart and artist Jacob Hashimoto.
PDX simply needs more space to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the millions of passengers we serve. Right now, we welcome around 20 million people per year; we expect that number to grow to 35 million passengers by 2045. That’s why we’re upgrading the heart of the airport with an earthquake-resilient main terminal — flexible enough to adapt to new technology and with more room to keep everyone comfortable. See for yourself how we’re bringing this vision to life.
In November 2019, we said goodbye to the oldest and stuffiest concourse at PDX... forever. Concourse A was demolished to make room for a more spacious new Concourse B. That means that the alphabet at PDX will now officially begin with “B,” not “A” — we’re doing our part to keep Portland a little weird.
We’re making the Portland International Airport more, well, PDX. Expect new views of Mt. Hood, creative work from acclaimed artists, some of your favorite Portland restaurants (um, hello, Screen Door) and #PNW touches like warm wood panels and indoor plants. And in addition to making the airport more comfortable and convenient, we’re also making it more sustainable and inclusive by design. PDX Next is the airport you love, getting lovelier.
PDX Next is funded with a $2 billion investment. You may wonder who’s picking up that check. The answer is simple: It’s not local taxpayers, as some folks may assume. The vast majority of these upgrades are paid for by airport tenants, including the airlines, Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration.
You bet! That’s one way we’re keeping the heart and soul of PDX intact. As we open more spaces for restaurants and shops, we’re creating new opportunities for local businesses. And in the next two years, we’re placing an even greater emphasis on elevating small and disadvantaged entrepreneurs; by the time these new shops and restaurants open, 26% of the airport’s concessions will be women- and minority-owned.
We’re making a bunch of improvements to help you get in and out of the airport seamlessly. A few of these changes are now in effect. The next time you hail a car, it’ll be easier to find your driver thanks to a pioneering program based on Uber’s PIN technology and Lyft's code-based pickup service. The icing on the cake comes in 2023 when we’ll open a dedicated rideshare pick-up area, which will ease roadway congestion for everyone.
Oh yes, the famous carpet at PDX. It’s risen to celebrity status over the years, thanks to the bajillion shoe selfies travelers share on Instagram. You probably know that the airport replaced the iconic, worn-out 1980s-era carpet with a fresh-but-similar design in 2015. We’re happy to confirm that you can keep snapping pics of your handsome sneakers. As is currently the case throughout the airport, our new and renovated spaces will feature varied flooring materials inspired by the Pacific Northwest, homey carpet included.
The extensive art and music program at PDX is a microcosm of our region’s creative scene, and PDX Next means even more of it. You can look forward to new work from artists such as Jacob Hashimoto and RYAN! Feddersen, who opened a permanent exhibit in Concourse B in December 2021.
Well, this isn’t a question … but don’t worry, we’ve got some tasty news for you. Over the past two years, nine new concessions opened at PDX. The mix includes local favorites like recently opened Good Coffee on Concourse B and Juliett on Concourse E. When PDX's new main terminal opens in 2024, we're opening even more local shops and restaurants at PDX.