The Portland International Jetport is located about 5 miles from downtown Portland, Maine, southwest of the city. Established in the late 1920s by Dr. Clifford "Kip" Strange, it is one of the most convenient and easily accessed airports in the United States. Owned and operated by the City of Portland, the Portland Jetport is Maine's busiest airport, with nine airlines offering direct service to major hubs in the U.S. Although there are currently no direct international departures, the Portland International Jetport connects Mainers and others to destinations around the globe via these hub cities including Boston, Chicago, and New York. Growth in the number of people utilizing the Jetport has been steady, with more than 2 million passengers flying in or out each year.
Portland International Jetport Airport Code, Location, and Contact Information
Know Before You Go
With just a single, modern terminal that houses everything you might need (including one last lobster roll before you jet off from Maine), Portland International Jetport is quite compact. All of the 11 arrival and departure gates are on the terminal's second floor while the ticketing lobby for all airlines is on the first floor. The Jetport is served by major carriers like American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and United, as well as by discount airlines Frontier and Sun Country Airlines, regional airline Cape Air, and the relatively new Portland, Maine-headquartered Elite Airways.
The top destinations you can fly to directly from Portland International Jetport are: Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia, Newark, Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Detroit.
Early morning is typically the busiest time at the airport, but you will find that security lines are rarely an issue even on peak holiday travel dates. Do note that, because the number of daily flights into and out of PWM is limited, a storm that delays flights (and this is Maine, so winter does bring snow) can seriously disrupt travel plans.
Portland International Jetport Parking
There are seven color-coded parking lots on airport grounds, and you can check for space availability online or by calling 207-772-7028. Short-term parking on level one of the Blue Lot is free for 30 minutes and $1 each half-hour thereafter or $48 per day. Stay in the right lane as you drive past the terminal if you plan to utilize this option.
All other long-term options, including upper levels of the five-story garage just steps from the terminal beneath a covered walkway, are $14 per day with the exception of the discounted Pink Lot, where the fee is only $5 per day. Be aware that some lots, including the Pink Lot, only accept credit cards for payment. A shuttle connecting the Pink Lot to the terminal runs every 20 minutes, 24 hours per day.
Picking someone up? Pull into the free Cell-Phone Lot, or wait near baggage claim in the passenger pickup area.
Travelers can also opt for private valet parking near the airport at Park’N Jet. The daily rate is $14 with a two-day minimum. You won't really save any money, but you can take advantage of additional services, such as an oil change, tire rotation, or car wash, while your vehicle is parked.
Portland International Airport is an easy trip on either the Maine Turnpike (I-95) to exit 46 or I-295 to exit 3 for Westbrook Street.
Public Transportation and Taxis
The Jetport is served by Greater Portland Metro buses (Route 5). Taxis are always readily available directly outside baggage claim. Mid-Coast Limo offers transportation between the airport and Maine destinations as far away as Belfast, Northport, and Lincolnville.
Rental Cars at Portland International Jetport
Like all aspects of navigating Portland International Jetport, the rental car process here is simple and efficient. Counters for all of the companies that serve passengers are housed in an attractive glass atrium on the first floor of the parking garage: just steps from the terminal.
Where to Eat and Drink
Grab a quick bite before your flight at Great American Bagel or Burger King, or caffeinate liberally at Starbucks. Better yet, enjoy one last taste of Maine at Linda Bean Maine Lobster Cafe (near Gate 10) or Shipyard Brewport (near Gate 5), which has table service and a bar serving Portland-brewed Shipyard beers.
If you're looking for a spot to meet, drink and dine near the airport with more atmosphere and a Maine-inspired menu, pop over to Waypoint Restaurant inside the Embassy Suites hotel. Try the lobster-topped Red Claw Pizza or a Fried Haddock Reuben.
Where to Shop
The Portland International Jetport can in no way rival South Portland's Maine Mall, but for travel necessities, pop into Best Buy Express (near Gate 9). You can fill your carry-on with a few extra souvenirs, too, at either Downeast Marketplace/Cool As A Moose (near Gate 6) or CNBC Portland (near Gate 3).
How to Spend Your Layover
If you have daytime hours to pass after landing at Portland International Jetport, take off again on a sightseeing flight with Seacoast Helicopters. Their half-hour Casco Bay and Lighthouse Tour departs right from the Jetport and offers views of downtown Portland, the islands in Casco Bay, and six lighthouses.
If you need a place to spend the night, two of the closest hotels to Portland International Jetport are the Hilton Garden Inn Portland Airport and Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Maine. Both hotels offer free airport shuttle service.
Wi-Fi and Charging Stations
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Portland Jetport terminal. You will also find charging stations for your mobile devices at convenient locations within the compact terminal.
Portland International Jetport Tips & Facts
- You may save a few dollars on airfare by flying in and out of New Hampshire's Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, but you have to ask yourself if it is worth the hassle. If you live in or are traveling to the Portland area and choose the Manchester airport, you'll add several hours to your trip and need to factor in the cost of extra gas.
- Fans of public art will want to seek and find "Playing Bears," a pair of wood sculptures by Maine native Bernard Langlais. The large sculptures, installed at the airport in 2014, were donated to the City of Portland by the artist's estate. There are many more rustic sculptures to see on Maine's Langlais Art Trail.
- For a truly Maine photo op, pose with the taxidermied bull moose near baggage claim.
- There are rocking chairs by the large windows overlooking the tarmac, where you can rock away the stress of traveling while you wait for your flight.