Over the next five years, you’ll see some new designs take shape at the Portland International Airport — and they’re all inspired by the places we call home.
Behind this $2 billion investment is a mission to make PDX even more, well, PDX. That means creating healthy spaces optimized for sustainability, earthquake resilience and your wellbeing. Along the way, we’re opening up more opportunities for local businesses and communities throughout our region.
What’s it going to look like? We may not have a time machine, but we do have a vision for the future of travel at PDX. Scroll on to get a sneak peek.
Here’s how the action will unfold over the next few years
Pssst … want to see something cool? Local architects have unveiled new designs for the airport’s main terminal. It’s spacious, flexible and green, with plenty of Pacific Northwest character.
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Hard hats on and sleeves rolled: In early April, we closed the Clocktower Plaza for good so that our crew of 1,250 pros can get to work on bringing the PDX Next vision to live.
B gets bigger and brighter, with brunch star Screen Door and specialty roaster Good Coffee adding more Oregon flavor to the new daylight-filled digs.
You’ll get in and out of PDX faster when we open a new basecamp for car rentals and parking, complete with more close-in spots and flexibility for future modes of transit.
Rideshare riders, rejoice: You’ll find your driver painlessly in the new dedicated pickup center for services like Lyft and Uber. This helps reduce congestion for everyone else, too.
If you work at PDX, your commute gets easier as employee shuttles to and from the airport get even speedier.
Walk into the spacious and green new main terminal, where you’ll find it easy to get to your gate thanks to expanded security checkpoints, an intuitive layout, and more local places to eat and shop.
In the works for more than four years, the freshly expanded Concourse E opened in July 2020, with sweeping glass walls framing views of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River. This bright new home for Southwest Airlines is flexible and spacious, making way for clusters of new restaurants and shops as well as imaginative work by contemporary artist Jacob Hashimoto soaring overhead. It’s all thanks to the creativity and hustle of the 2,000 builders, makers and architects who brought the vision to life.
Hennebery Eddy and Fentress
6 new gates for Southwest Airlines
7 new shops and restaurants
1 - a landmark lounge named Juliett
The completely redeveloped and expanded Concourse B opens up more possibilities for travelers in 2021, including six new gates for Alaska Airlines. To make room, we’re saying goodbye to the dim, crowded Concourse A — demolishing this aging wing of the airport in favor of a concourse made for 21st-century aviation. Architects have embraced the romance of flying with floor-to-ceiling windows, where kids can watch as planes taxi to the runway and climb skyward. Everything in the interior space is about putting you in a good mood, from leafy foliage to common areas where you can de-stress. It’s all based on research that proves what Oregonians already know: Access to nature makes us happier and healthier.
Arriving soon: More of your favorite culinary hot spots.
You deserve more local flavor, and you’re getting it when two heavyweights of Portland’s food scene open up shop. Come 2021, you can dip into the latest cafe from acclaimed specialty roaster Good Coffee, bringing minimalism, cute houseplants and a light espresso kick to the new concourse. And B stands for brunch with the arrival of Screen Door, which is just as famous for its fried chicken and waffles as its hour-plus wait for a table. We’re pretty confident you won’t have to wait as long at PDX.
ASAP, so we’re on it
6 new gates for Alaska Airlines
2 new culinary hot spots
We’re rolling out a series of improvements over the next few years so that your commute is even easier and speedier. Do you zip on the MAX or cycle to PDX? We’re making space for light-rail and bike-path enhancements. Hailing a ride on your phone? A dedicated pickup area arriving in 2023 will streamline the entire experience. Wonder why we’ve moved the exit toll plaza? Because we’re building a flexible transit hub with 2,225 close-in parking spots, and we’re bringing car rentals on-site in 2021. That’s right, this modern basecamp for ground transportation means you’ll be on the road in no time.
2,225, including 30 Americans with Disabilities Act spots
0, as all rentals come on-site in 2021
Enough to earn an order of Screen Door’s fried chicken
When future-you steps into the airport, you might feel like PDX has gotten a little PDX-ier — and that’s by design. The local architects behind the new main terminal are drawing inspiration from the lush landscapes of our region. Fast forward to the grand opening in 2025 and you’ll see the footprint of the airport’s core — aka the ticketing and lobby areas — nearly double in size. This gives us space to bring more Pacific Northwest character to the heart of PDX, even as we make it far more energy-efficient. The concept will feel sort of like walking through a park, with an iconic wooden roof spanning a bright space full of leafy foliage and real-life trees. We’re keeping things open and flexible, too, so we meet the needs of our region for decades to come.