About 12 miles northeast of downtown Portland, it usually takes a solid half-hour to drive to/from Portland International Airport. Portland’s MAX (Metropolitan Area Express) light rail Red Line serves the airport and is scheduled to make the trip to downtown in 38 minutes. The MAX station at the airport is on the lower level, near baggage claim.
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.)
Alaska Airlines flights arrive and depart 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. 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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