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PDX hits some turbulence

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Articles - May 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010

PDX airport passenger traffic, which had already dropped 2.4% in 2008, nosedived another 9.6% in 2009 (its biggest decline of the decade) when total U.S. commercial traffic dipped just 5.3%. The Portland airport’s loss of Mexicana and Lufthansa airlines in 2008 and 2009 didn’t help. Regional airports in Eugene, Medford and Redmond fared better, only falling 2.5%, 6.1% and 5.6%, respectively. PDX’s top three airlines remain Horizon, Southwest and Alaska. Southwest was also the No. 1 airline for passengers nationally in 2009.

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Randy Miller
0 #1 RandyTMCRandy Miller 2010-05-19 18:11:20
why do you bring this up in May? It's old news and the passenger count at PDX has stabilized and beginning to move up. Emphasize the positive, since current news about this is good!
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Brandon Sawyer
0 #2 PDX stabilizingBrandon Sawyer 2010-05-20 13:30:49
Thanks for your comment, Randy. It's true that year-to-date as of April PDX's total passenger count of 3,803,795 is stable at only -0.1% lower than last year. However, last year at this time, passenger count was down 15.2% from 2008 so it's not an ideal benchmark either.

We strive to look forward with our data when possible, but in April when we sent our May issue to the printer, we only had February numbers for PDX, so thought it prudent to look at whole of 2009. If more space was available, we would have elaborated on the data through February.

Some of our economic indicators are showing positive changes lately and hope that trend continues for airports, too.
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