(Amsterdam, Netherlands) — Governor Kitzhaber kicked off his trade mission in Europe today with representatives from Delta Air Lines, KLM and Air France, celebrating the five-year anniversary of nonstop service between Portland and Amsterdam.
"Oregon and Europe share a special connection, one that is vital to our growing traded-sectors as well as our robust tourism industries," said Governor Kitzhaber. "Cost-effective, efficient access to overseas markets is critical to growing business through trade, and Oregon’s competitive access to Europe simply doesn’t exist without the nonstop Portland to Amsterdam flight."
Since the inaugural flight on March 29, 2008, the Portland-Amsterdam route has become a critical business and tourism link between Oregon and Europe, with significant economic impact, adding more than $120 million annually in local business revenues. In addition, the route supports over 1500 local jobs and nearly $50 million in wages.
"This flight is extraordinary in terms of meeting the needs of our business and leisure travelers and supporting our economy," said Bill Wyatt, Port of Portland Executive Director. "We thank Delta Air Lines, KLM and Air France for this fabulous partnership with our community and nonstop service linking Portland International Airport and Amsterdam."
The Governor is leading an eight-day business development mission to the Netherlands and Germany, where both European and Oregon-based companies such as Nike, Vestas and Daimler-Benz frequently use the nonstop service.
"Nike is a global company and having nonstop service between our World and European headquarters is important for our business," said Ted Cullen, Director of Operations at Nike Corporate Services. "We've been very supportive of the direct flight for the last five years and we look forward to continuing our strong partnership with the State of Oregon, the Port of Portland, Delta and KLM."
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