Portland International Airport (PDX) this week opened six gates in its new Concourse E extension, the first new gates at the airport in nearly two decades.

The 830-foot Concourse E extension is the new home of Southwest Airlines at PDX, International Airport and will provide travelers with a host of new amenities, including three-dimensional sculptures from contemporary artist Jacob Hashimoto that hang in the center of the concourse.

The extension also features space for 10 new places to shop and dine. Among the concessionaires that opened this week is The Tillamook Market, with a menu that includes fried cheese curds, grilled cheese sandwiches, an ice cream counter and a selection of grab-and-go items travelers can carry home in insulated bags.

Also opened are Calliope, focused on accessories and gifts, and Your Northwest Travel Mart, featuring traveler essentials, books and magazines. Next week will mark the opening of Jamba, offering smoothies, bowls, fresh juices and no-sugar-added menu items.

The remaining businesses – Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen, Evergreens, Juliett, Starbucks, Stumptown and Tender Loving Empire – are working hard to open as travel numbers and economic conditions allow.

“We’ve been so fortunate to have Southwest invest in Portland and we are excited to welcome them to their new home on Concourse E,” said Vince Granato, PDX chief projects officer. “This space brings travelers more of what they’ve told us they want – comfortable seating, local dining and shopping options, and a welcoming space for all guests.”

The Concourse E extension is part of PDXNext, a $2 billion infrastructure overhaul at the airport aimed at bringing convenience, comfort and a uniquely PDX experience for travelers, airlines and employees.