Seattle Tacoma SEA Airport Overview

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport SEA, or simply 'Sea-Tac' is gateway to Alaska and East Asia, and point of entry for thousands of passengers on their way to/from cruise ships at Seattle's port. FlightStats selected Sea-Tac for excellence in departure performance among major international airports for the last two years. Skytrax World Airport named it in 2013 as the 'Best Airport Staff Service in North America'.  Seattle Airport is also in the forefront of initiatives aimed to reduce its environmental footprint.  Among largest U.S. airports, Seattle is the fastest-growing one.
SEA Airport is located between the cities of Seattle and Tacoma, in Washington State's breathtaking Puget Sound region, borders on the intersections of State Roads 518, 99 and 509, and is only 1.5 miles from Interstate Hwy 5.
With three long runways and an estimated 41 million annual passengers, Seattle-Tacoma International is a hub for Alaska Airlines, and is served by major airlines offering direct and connecting flights to destinations throughout North America, Europe and East Asia. 
Airport peak hours are between 5 & 11am and between 7 & 9pm. Peak travel days are Thursdays & Fridays.  Arrive at the Airport at least two hours prior to scheduled flight!
Note: Pathfinders & Volunteers wear blue shirts with 3/4-length sleeves & left-hand insignia; Private contracters preparing passengers for TSA checkpoint screening wear black trousers with white shirts with two insignias at left, and right.  TSA Officers at the screening area wear dark blue shirts, black trousers & ties, and TSA labels on both arms.
Airline news
 - SeaPort Airlines offers services on its 9-passenger Cessna Caravan turboprop aircraft  to:  Port Angeles (5 weekday roundtrips), to Moses Lake (3 weekday roundtripts) and to Portland (one weekday roundtrip) - with reduced flights on weekends. 
- Volaris started July 7, 2016 with year-round Mexico service to Guadalajara.
- Xiamen Airlines starts service Sept. 26, 2016 to Shenzhen, China
- Virgin Atlantic & Delta airlines jointly will offer 787-9 Dreamliner service to London Heathrow, starting March 26, 2017.
- Condor Airlines starts service in summer 2017 to Munich, Germany.

To eliminate long lines at the security gates during the busy 2016 summer months, Seattle Airport has made the following arrangements:
- hiring 90 full-time contract workers to free up TSA personnel; adding more areas & tables to get ready for screening while in line (resulting in 40 percent quicker divesting); adding more areas to gather belongings at post-screening (revesting); increasing line management by using Sea-Tac staff at peak hours; and hiring more summer customer service staff; and adding more signage to direct passengers to checkpoints.

Passenger Pickup: 

  - Suggest that your arriving party meet you outside the ticketing level (one level above baggage claim), at the less-crowded Departures drive.
  - Park either on the Terminal Direct level of the parking garage at $5/hr, or use the Cell phone waiting lot (free for up to 30 mins) and wait until your party has collected bags & calls you for curbside pickup.

SeaTac Airport has one integrated passenger terminal. 

Current and future Airport Developments:    - The 2016 budget provides for renovation & expansion work of both North & South Satellites, and a new international arrivals facility - and include optimizing the baggage handling system - all of which are part of the 5-year Capital Improvement Program.
 -  A new  'Lander Street Overpass' is to relieve congestion from areas around SR-519 and Spokane Street and improve access to I-5 and I-90. The project  is to begin in early 2017.
  - Major renovation work resumes on the North Satellite (referred to as 'NorthSTAR')  - to be completed between mid-2018 & fall 2019 -  which will then be used by Alaska Airlines exclusively, and will include an Alaska airline lounge on its roof top and 3 additonal gates. The renovation project also includes work on the Main terminal.   Alaska Airlines continues using Concourses C & D - which are also being upgraded .

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