About 12 miles northeast of downtown, Portland International Airport is off Interstate 205. It usually takes a solid half-hour to drive between the airport and downtown Portland.
The floor plan layout for Portland airport’s terminal is in the shape of an H, especially if you look at it as if one of the legs of the H bends at the knee. Check-in counters and baggage claim for all airlines are on the cross bar of the H and the five concourses are the extensions at the north and south ends. The South Concourses contain the A, B and C gates and the North Concourses have the D and E gates. (The bent leg of the H is made up of the A and B concourses that are more like mini concourses, especially the A gates area which consists of a waiting room and exit doors requiring passengers to go outdoors to their aircraft.)
Leaving the airport, most ground transportation options can be found on the roadway outside baggage claim. Cross the roadway to the first island for shuttles and buses, to the second island for app-based ride services and to the third island for taxis. Beyond that are car services and rental car companies on the first floor of the parking garage. The Trimet Max/Light Rail is on the main level of the terminal, at the south end of the ticket lobby beyond Starbucks. The Red Line departs PDX about every 15 minutes with a scheduled time to downtown Portland of 38 minutes.
Alaska Airlines flights arrive and depart PDX on the South Concourses at gates A1-A12, B1-B3 and C1-C11. Passengers can connect to other Alaska flights without exiting the TSA secure area. A concourse connector with moving walkways allows passengers to connect to the North Concourses without leaving the TSA secure area. It goes between gates C1 and D1.
Portland prides itself on its eclectic appeal. It was one of the first cities in the U.S. to embrace the microbrewery phenomenon and now has more than 75 craft breweries in the metro area. The City of Roses and the area surrounding it is known for its scenic beauty. The city is also known for its eco-friendly urban planning.
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