Airport passenger counts gain altitude

Airport passenger counts gain altitude

By Research Editor Brandon Sawyer

Passenger counts have been gaining some altitude at Portland International Airport (PDX) and Oregon’s regional airports. In 2010, 13.2 million passengers passed through PDX, a 2% increase, but well below the 14.7 million peak in 2007. Through March, PDX boosted passengers 5.8%. Eugene, Medford and Redmond grew passengers 9.3%, 11.7% and 1.6% in 2010, respectively, and 12.7%, 1.6% and 5.8% through March. Domestic U.S. fares rose 5.2% in fourth-quarter 2010 to $337.