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The Gate Shuffle at PDX

by Jack Penning

kgw.com

Posted on April 12, 2006 at 4:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:46 PM

As we were first to report on tonight's 5pm news, there are some big gate changes coming for the busy summer travel season at PDX.

The Port of Portland will use the dry season to do some work on the tarmac in front of Both the D and E Concourses, on the north side of the airport. While crews do that work, some gates will be closed, which will force some airlines to move.

You can look at a map of the terminal here: http://www.flypdx.com/PDFPOP/TerminalMap.pdf.

America West (which will soon change its name to US Airways as part of a merger of the two airlines) will move from Concourse D, to Concourse C, on the south side of the airport. It will likely take over gates C15 and C17, which have been unused since Northwest moved to the International Concourse, when it began flights to Tokyo. If that move is permanent, America West might be forced to move its ticket counter, too. Right now, the airline's ticketing is done at the northernmost counter in the terminal... the farthest possible point from the new gate area. It's possible America West could move its ticket counter in between Alaska and Lufthansa... the area vacated by Horizon (which now shares ticket counter space with Alaska)... so that travelers don't have to walk as far to get to their plane.

United will have to move a couple of gates, too... but it will be temporary. While gates on Concourse E (United's 7-gate, dedicated concourse) are closed, United will use a couple of gates on Concourse D to pick-up the slack. Not a huge change... as Concourse D and Concourse E share a common security checkpoint.

Work on the tarmac will finish, temporarily, at the end of the summer... only to resume again next summer.

NEWS AND NOTES:

US Airways is also gearing-up for new non-stop service from PDX to Philadelphia. Flights begin on June 1st. Here's the schedule:

US951
Departs PDX 10:45pm
Arrives PHL 6:50am (next day)
Airbus A320

US950
Departs PHL 8:30pm
Arrives PDX 11:25pm
Airbus A320

Delta Air Lines is still on a collision course with its pilots. Today, pilots demonstrated in Atlanta. They've voted to strike if the airline moves to void their contracts in bankruptcy court... a move that will likely happen sometime after April 15th.

If you hold a ticket on Delta, the Salt Lake Tribune did a great piece on your rights. Check it out here: http://www.sltrib.com/business/ci_3686777.

Comments? E-mail me at jpenning@kgw.com.

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