PDX to get direct flight to London

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Come June, PDX will be home to a new trans-Atlantic flight! Enjoy this quick read.


Portland International Airport will soon add a new trans-Atlantic flight to its rotation, thanks to a joint venture between several airlines.

British Airways will begin offering direct flights between Portland and London’s Heathrow Airport beginning June 3. The route is one of three new Europe to North America flights introduced by the Atlantic Joint Business, a partnership between American Airlines, British Airways Iberia, Finnair, LEVEL and Aer Lingus.

The new British Airways flight will operate five times a week — Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Oregonians drastically reduced their air travel at the beginning of the pandemic, but passenger volume has gradually increased again this year. Airport officials said they expected about half a million people to travel through the airport during Thanksgiving week this year — up nearly 200,000 from the holiday week last year. But passenger volumes still remain well below where they were before the pandemic. In October, about 1.2 million people flew through PDX, down 29% from the same month two years ago.
The new Portland-London connection will be the latest in a handful of nonstop international flights from Portland. The airport most recently added a direct flight to Seoul in April. It also offers direct flights to Frankfurt, Germany; Keflavik, Iceland and flights to several cities in Canada and Mexico.