Thursday marks start of busy summer travel


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Summer officially starts Friday, but travel for the season is in full swing at the Portland International Airport.

On Thursday morning, people were steadily arriving at the airport to enjoy summer vacation — and they aren’t alone.

According to PDX officials, they expect nearly 6 million travelers to fly through the airport between June and August. Some days could see more than 71,000 people coming and going, which is about 20,000 more than usual. 

The busiest days for the airport are June 20, June 24 and August 1.

In 2018, about 20 million people traveled through PDX — and airport officials expect to break that record again this summer.

The airport is in the middle of a handful of construction and improvement projects, so travelers are asked to drive more cautiously through the area.

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