Apr 8, 2024 - News

New Portland airport terminal delayed to August

Rendering of an airport terminal with lived trees, wooden finishes and skylights

The opening of the new terminal at Portland International Airport has been pushed back from May to August. Image: Courtesy Port of Portland/ZGF

The new terminal at Portland International Airport will not open until August due to a slowdown in construction.

Why it matters: The big reveal of the plant-filled terminal has been teased for five years, but the Port of Portland announced last week that the May opening was being pushed back.

Friction point: Frequent flyers have grown used to the construction wall behind the ticket counters and have long been promised expedited check-in, a wooden building with oval skylights and tree canopy garden, plus new waiting areas and shops.

Catch up quick: The Port of Portland, which runs the airport, halted work for three days in February due to safety incidents.

  • A few weeks later, a port spokesperson cited four times when workers had dropped tools or materials near airport staff or the public, endangering them.

What they're saying: "The three-month delay gives the crew breathing room" for safer working conditions, Port of Portland spokeswoman Allison Ferré said in a media release last week.

What we're watching: Portland International had a seven-year streak of winning Travel & Leisure's best domestic airport, but it last won it in 2022 as COVID and construction boards persisted.

What's next: Full completion of the $2.15 billion terminal is still slated for 2025.

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