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PDX Shows Signs Of Life, 3 New Flights Added

OPB | April 8, 2013 2:11 p.m. | Updated: April 8, 2013 3:46 p.m.

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Portland International Airport is showing signs of recovery. The airport has added several flights over the last few weeks and 2013 is expected to be its busiest year ever. 

Three flights have been added at PDX over the last few weeks. 

Michael Clapp / OPB

United has a new non-stop to Cleveland.  Alaska will now fly non-stop to Fairbanks. And American is starting a direct flight to Chicago. 

Airport spokesman Steve Johnson, says this year, PDX will probably beat its all time record of 14.6 million passengers — a record that was set before the great recession in 2007.

He said, “The increase in travel is probably related to a lot of factors, a little bit of improvement in the economy as well as getting into the summer months.” 

Despite improvements in its aviation sector, the port’s 2013-14 budget takes a “conservative approach based on continued slow economic recovery and flat to modest revenue increases.” A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Wednesday.

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