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Category: airports
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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January 29, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Thousands of U.S. flights snarled by latest big storm

Atlanta’s airport – one of the busiest in the world – has extensive flight delays Wednesday after the winter storm that hammered the South with rare snow and ice. And Atlanta’s woes are rebounding through the U.S. air-travel system since it’s a busy national and international hub. Already almost 2,000 flights have been canceled Wednesday within…

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January 7, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Few flights canceled at Sea-Tac Tuesday, but don’t forget to check

A JetBlue plane taxis to a gate at Boston's Logan International Airport Monday. JetBlue canceled its flight from Boston to Seattle Tuesday, along with suspending operations overnight at some airports because of bad weather. (Associated Press photo by Charles Krupa)

A JetBlue plane taxis to a gate at Boston’s Logan International Airport Monday. JetBlue canceled its flight from Boston to Seattle Tuesday, along with suspending operations overnight at some airports because of bad weather. (Associated Press photo by Charles Krupa)

While cold weather continues to grip much of the nation, flight cancellations were few for travelers in and out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Tuesday.

A check of the airport’s website showed a half-dozen cancellations to or from Midwest and East Coast airports Tuesday. Southwest Airlines cancelled three flights, to and from Chicago. Jet Blue canceled a flight from Boston to Seattle, American canceled a flight from Chicago, and a United/Air Canada codeshare flight to Toronto was also grounded.

Monday, perhaps the worst recent day for travel, the airport had only 15 cancellations out of 850 scheduled flights, said Perry Cooper, airport spokesman. Sea-Tac has far more flights to and from West Coast destinations than to and from

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January 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Brrrr! Share your stopped-by-the-deep-freeze travel tale

A traveler takes a nap in Boston's Logan International Airport after his flight to Puerto Rico was canceled Monday. (Associated Press photo by Charles Krupa)

A traveler naps in Boston’s airport after his flight to Puerto Rico was canceled Monday. (Associated Press photo by Charles Krupa)

The good news for Seattle travelers: So far, local carrier Alaska Airlines has no flight cancellations Monday or Tuesday because of the deep freeze in other parts of the nation. Alaska even expects to make it in and out of Minneapolis, despite a forecast Monday high of 14 below, with a wind chill of -50 degrees F.

But just as college students have been trying to get back to school from winter break, harsh winter weather in the Midwest — on the heels of last week’s East Coast snowstorm — has crippled air travel across the country. More than 9,000 flights have been canceled over the last four days

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December 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Lug that bag with a jiggity-jig: 3 more years of music at airport

Dave Harmonson of Seattle, also known as "Country Dave, " performs in the A gates at Sea-Tac Airport. The airport has extended its live music program by three years. (photo by Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)

Dave Harmonson of Seattle, also known as “Country Dave, ” performs in the A gates at Sea-Tac Airport. The airport has extended its live music program by three years. (photo by Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)

The Port of Seattle announced Tuesday that it will extend for three years its nine-month-old pilot program that brings Northwest artists to perform live music around the airport.

Cost of the program will be split between the Port and airport merchants. Dining and retail tenants have agreed to match port funding up to

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October 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Scary airports: A top (or bottom) 10

Most frequent-fliers have tales of  white-knuckle flights. Turbulence can shake everyone up. Rough landings or in-flight engine problems make passengers  fear the worst. Now the online travel site Airfarewatchdog has come up with its 2013 list of thrilling – that is, scariest – airports around the world. Here’s the  list: Sea Ice Runway, Antarctica: Unpaved, a chance the ice could crack…

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