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Welcome to PDX, the nation's No. 1 airport

(Image is Clickable Link) by: COURTESY OF PORT OF PORTLAND - Portland International Airport's shopping and dining options were among the reasons readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine chose PDX as the nation's top airport in a recent survey.Portland International Airport has landed the No. 1 spot in Travel + Leisure Magazine's survey of the nation’s best airports.

PDX was rated as the best airport in the nation by the magazine. The ranking was announced Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Steve Johnson, Port of Portland spokesman, said the airport served nearly 14.7 million travelers last year, and has maintained its top spot in Northwest travel.

“Port of Portland credits the thousands who work hard every day to serve travelers for making PDX a special place: airlines to concessionaires, government agencies to port staff,” Johnson said.

The magazine’s ranking highlights PDX’s reputation for “quality food and shopping options and the likelihood of an on-time departure.”

“Portland’s airport knows how to impress,” according to the magazine’s article on air travel and airports. “The overall favorite U.S. airport ranked No. 2 for design and for shopping, and third for food; try Stanford’s for fish tacos, burgers or BLTs. PDX also won high marks in the business and family-friendly categories and is likely to keep you on schedule — it has an 87.5 percent on-time departure record, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.”

Travel + Leisure readers ranked 68 domestic airports by casting votes in eight categories: business travel; family travel; flight delays; design; food and drink; shopping; check-in; and location. PDX ranked No. 1 overall, second for design and shopping, and third for food.