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February 4, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Save loads by renting your car away from the airport

I was just reminded, through experience, of this great trick for thrifty travelers. Booking a trip to California for some future Seattle Times travel stories, I found a decently cheap flight to San Jose ($160 round-trip on Alaska), but was crestfallen to find that a rental car was going to cost more than double that for…


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December 12, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Flying for the holidays? Don’t miss these survival tips for Sea-Tac Airport

Here’s a roundup from the Port of Seattle of useful information and tips to help travelers navigate Seattle-Tacoma International Airport during the holiday rush: BUSIEST TRAVEL DAYS Listed in order of passenger volume, the projected busiest days will be: Friday, Dec. 19 (110,400 passengers going through the airport) Monday, Dec. 22 (108,100, tie with Tuesday) Tuesday, Dec. 23 (108,100,…


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November 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Here’s a new list of 10 best and worst airports in America

Love an airport? Hate an airport? See if you agree with Condé Nast Traveler’s new list of “The 10 Best & 10 Worst Airports in America,” as selected by more than 77,000 readers in the magazine’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards. Some of the busiest airports, not surprisingly, made the “worst” list. The “best” list includes one…


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July 22, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Flights to Tel Aviv banned; here’s the fine print

Here’s the fine print from the FAA on banning U.S.  airlines’  flights to Tel Aviv, Israel,  after a rocket landed near the airport. ——————— FAA Statement–Notice to Airmen Issued for Ben Gurion International Airport At 12:15 EST on July 22, 2014, the FAA issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) informing U.S. airlines that they are prohibited from…


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July 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Fire trucks, helicopters at Sea-Tac – but don’t worry

Don’t be concerned if you see more than 175 emergency vehicles and eight helicopters — plus 300 accident “victims” — at Sea-Tac Airport on Thursday morning. It’s part of a full-scale emergency drill simulating an aircraft disaster at the airport from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 10. The drill will be carried out on Sea-Tac’s westernmost…


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June 24, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Automated passport kiosks speed up Sea-Tac, other airports

Sea-Tac Airport’s international arrivals area can be cramped and frustratingly slow, with tired passengers snaking through long lines and sometimes waiting more than an hour for passport clearance. But the Automated Passport Control kiosks that have been set up in Seattle and some other major North American airports can speed entry into the United States for…


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April 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Sea-Tac Airport gets high marks from passengers

They like Sea-Tac Airport, they really do. Sea-Tac has ranked highly in the Skytrax World Airport awards. The Port of Seattle, which runs Sea-Tac, said the airport was voted into the top ten of four Skytrax categories. They are: – Ranked #3  for Best Airport Staff in the world (last year, Sea-Tac  was ranked #1 in that category). –  #4 for…


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February 21, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Sea-Tac Airport gets more international ticket counters

International travel is booming at Sea-Tac Airport, and new ticket counters were opened Friday that should ease some of the passenger check-in crush. Fourteen full-service international ticket counters were added at the south end of the main terminal across from the existing international check-in counters, said airport authorities. They’re both self-service and staffed counters. Japan’s All…


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February 13, 2014 at 11:11 AM

PreCheck application center opens in Seattle for fast airport screening

If you want to use the fast, PreCheck security-lanes at dozens of U.S. airports, including Sea-Tac Airport, it just got easier. The Transportation Security Administration formally opened a new PreCheck enrollment center Thursday in Seattle, plus three others around Puget Sound where travelers can apply directly  for membership. Being approved for TSA’s PreCheck lets passengers avoid some…


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February 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Record passenger numbers at Sea-Tac Airport

If you thought Sea-Tac Airport seemed crowded lately, you were right. It had a record number of passengers in 2013 — more than 34.7 million, the Port of Seattle said Thursday. ” This was the third straight record-setting year at Sea-Tac, with international passenger traffic showing the largest growth, up more than 10 percent compared to 2012,” said…


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