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Category: Sea-Tac Airport
January 29, 2015 at 2:28 PM

Record passenger numbers at Sea-Tac Airport in 2014

Sea-Tac Airport had a record number of travelers in 2014, with airlines, especially Delta and Alaska, adding new service. (Ellen Banner file photo, Seattle Times.) Sea-Tac Airport handled a record number of passengers last year, nearly 37.5 million, the Port of Seattle said Thursday. That’s a 7.7 percent increase from 2013, making Sea-Tac the fastest-growing large…

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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 19, 2014 at 11:02 AM

How to cope with Thanksgiving crowds at Sea-Tac (and get a parking deal)

Be ready for lines at Sea-Tac Airport during Thanksgiving travel. (Ken Lambert, Seattle Times file photo.) Flying out of Sea-Tac Airport for Thanksgiving? You’ll join more than 600,000 passengers who will be going through the airport during the Thanksgiving holiday week, says the Port of Seattle which runs the airport. Here’s how to cope with the crowds…

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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…

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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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May 21, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Dealing with holiday-travel crowds at Sea-Tac Airport

Be ready for crowds at Sea-Tac Airport and other U.S. airports on the Memorial Day weekend. (Seattle Times file photo / Elaine Thompson) The Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer travel season.  Here’s what you can expect if you’re flying out of Sea-Tac Airport this holiday weekend: Friday will be the busiest day at the airport,…

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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 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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