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PDX (again) lands Travel + Leisure top airport honor

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland International Airport has won the top spot in Travel + Leisure magazine's Best Airport honors for the third straight year.Flying into PDX this summer? You’re landing at the No. 1 airport in the nation, according to readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.

It’s the third year in a row that Portland International Airport has taken the top spot in Travel + Leisure's annual survey. This year’s survey found that PDX was “user-friendly, open, airy and efficient.”

“This airport is truly an extension of the city,” according to Travel + Leisure. “You can order Middle Eastern fare from a Aybla Grill food cart and buy socks, bike helmets, and even yoga mats sporting the pattern found on the unforgettable carpet lining the terminals.”

"We are excited and honored to receive this award," says Daren Griffin, Port of Portland director of Airport Operations. "This is a tribute to the entire PDX team that works hard every day to provide an outstanding customer experience. We try to think through the entire passenger experience and keep improving to provide seamless and enjoyable travel through the airport."

The top 10 best airports, according to Travel + Leisure magazine:

• Portland International Airport

• Indianapolis International Airport

• Tampa International Airport

• Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

• Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

• Dallas Love Field

• John Wayne Airport, Santa Ana, Calif.

• Pittsburgh International Airport

• Nashville International Airport

• Portland International Jetport, Maine

The honor is part of Travel + Leisure’s annual World’s Best Awards survey, which looked at all kinds of travel-related issues, like hotels, airlines, cities, islands, cruise lines and spas. Magazine readers voted for their favorites in nearly all those categories.

According to a news story by reporter Melanie Lieberman, PDX’s annual score has climbed in the past couple of years. “Even pilots and flight attendants love PDX, calling it ‘easy to navigate’ and an enjoyable place to work,” Lieberman wrote.