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  year-round Mexico service to Guadalajara.
- Xiamen Airlines started service to Shenzhen (via Xiamen city, inChina
- 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.

Passenger Pickup /Dropoff:
  - Suggest that your arriving party meet you outside of the ticketing upper level using 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.
 - Passenge pickup/ dropoff:  At peak hours and Holidays use for pickup the Departure's upper) level, and for dropoff the Arrival's lower level.

SeaTac Airport has one integrated passenger terminal.  Note:
- Prior to getting to checkpoints, empty your water bottle at the new dumping station.
- Reconfiguration of TSA security lines now  improve traffic flow ;
- Wait time are now digitally displayed.

Current and future Airport Developments:
  - 'NorthSTAR', the North Satellite project:  By Sept. 2016, the final design showed big changes; groundbreaking is now scheduled for first quarter 2017, while phase one is to be completed by 2019, when phase 2 begins with upgrades to the building's eastern portion. Official opening is expected by 2021, when North Satellite will have been extended by 240 feet westwards, have 8 new gates, a new upper mezzanine level, twice the current concession area (food, drink, retail), and a rooftop Alaska Airline lounge. (Alaska Airlines maintains Horizon Air regional flights out of Concouse C - providing quick connection to the North Satellite by means of the satellite train system.)
  - International Arrivals Facility (IAF): The latest designs were released in late Sept. 2016, while ground breaking is scheduled for early 2017 - with a tentative opening late 2019. Its enclosed 900 feet-long aerial walkway is to connect international arrivals from the south satellite across the top of concourse A to the new IAF. Also, a secure international corridor on concourse A is to get 8 more international gates (for a total of 20). It is expected that IAF will be able to process 2,600 passenges per hour (more than twice the current number).  Passport check booths & kiosks will be increased to 80, baggage-claim carousels to 7, with a single baggage-claim process that no longer requires a train ride - creating direct access from IAF to ground transport. Minimum passenger connection time will be cut by 15 minutes.
 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  starts early 2017.
 - Terminals A & C will get a new 'Terminal Gateway Spa' (no details are yet available).

NOTE: Jan. 2017: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has officially broken ground on its North Satellite Modernization Project, which calls for expansion and renovation the old facility - adding 8 new gates with a 240-foot extension of the building to the west. An upper-level mezzanine will be added, doubling current dining /retail area and adding a rooftop Alaska Airline lounge.  Current phase 1 of the project is schedule for 2019,; thereafter, renovation of the current facility start, to be completed by 2021.

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