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February 4, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Save loads by renting your car away from the airport

For the price of a short cab ride from an airport, you can sometimes save a bundle on car rentals. (Mike Siegel photo, The Seattle Times) 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…


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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

An entertainer dressed as a Christmas tree brings a guffaw to a holiday traveler at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. (photo by Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times, 2010) 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…


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November 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM

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

Portland International Airport is on a new list of the 10 best airports in America. (AP photo) 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…


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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

At a previous emergency-response  drill at Sea-Tac Airport, a passenger “victim”  is caught in a plane’s engine. Another full-scale drill will be conducted Thursday at Sea-Tac. (Steve Ringman / Seattle Times, 2008) 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…


Comments | Topics: Emergency drill, simulated airplane accident

June 24, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Automated passport kiosks speed up Sea-Tac, other airports

A traveler uses an automated passport-clearance kiosk at New York’s JFK airport. (CBP photo.) 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…


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April 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Sea-Tac Airport gets high marks from passengers

A plane lands at Sea-Tac Airport (Ellen M. Banner photo / The Seattle Times). 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…


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February 21, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Sea-Tac Airport gets more international ticket counters

New ticket counters have been added at Sea-Tac Airport for international travelers (Port of Seattle photo). 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…


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February 13, 2014 at 11:11 AM

PreCheck application center opens in Seattle for fast airport screening

A traveler walks past a TSA PreCheck infrormation board at New York’s LaGuardia airport. A PreCheck enrollment center opened Thursday in Seattle and at three other Puget Sound locations. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) 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…


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February 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Record passenger numbers at Sea-Tac Airport

An Alaska Airlines plane takes off from Sea-Tac Airport where passenger numbers have soared. (Alan Berner photo / Seattle Times, 2011) 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…


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