Citizens wishing to travel this summer can now fly nonstop to six more cities from Portland International Jetport.
United Airlines is Expanding Direct Flights to Cincinnati; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis; Milwaukee; and Pittsburgh, according to Zachary R. Sundquist, the airport’s deputy director. That is in addition to the direct flights United already offers to Chicago, Denver, New York and Washington, DC Those additions mean that United offers direct flights to more cities than any other airline that flies from Portland.
That service begins May 27. United will also update its weekend service to Denver daily starting June 4, Sundquist said.
“This is a transformational time for Jetport and for the Portland market,” said Paul Bradbury, airport director, Thursday morning. Given the pandemic and the real shift toward leisure traffic, United is focusing on providing convenient nonstop options from several key markets in the Midwest that historically would have been connected through a hub. We thank United for this opportunity and for their continued commitment to Portland and the state of Maine as a destination. “
Flights to Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburgh will be on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; Milwaukee on Fridays and Saturdays; and Columbus and Indianapolis on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
That’s just the latest addition to Portland Airport’s offerings. Frontier Airlines will offer limited nonstop flights to Tampa from April 13 to May 11. American Airlines will add nonstop flights to Miami starting in June, while Delta Air Lines will add daily flights to Minneapolis and St. Paul in May, compared to just twice a week. now.
Since 2019, the jetport has added a series of nonstop flights to multiple destinations, including daily to Boston’s Logan International Airport and seasonally to Dallas-Fort Worth and Denver.
Portland’s airport is the busiest in the state. It saw record traffic in 2019, when more than 2.18 million traveled there. But that traffic took a big hit in 2020 amid the global pandemic, with jetport passengers dropping to 792,571, the lowest level at any time in the past 15 years.