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Category: Sea-Tac Airport
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 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Delta adds more flights from Seattle

Delta is expanding again out of Seattle, this time with new domestic flights to Palm Springs and other destinations in the West. The new service out of Seattle, starting Dec. 20, includes -Five daily flights to Phoenix. -One daily seasonal (winter) flight to Palm Springs. -Saturday seasonal (winter) service to Tucson -Saturday seasonal (winter) service to Jackson Hole, Wyo. -An additional nonstop…

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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 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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July 15, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Don’t worry if you see fire trucks on Sea-Tac runway

Sea-Tac Airport is holding aircraft fire drills this week on the center runway that’s closed for construction. So don’t worry if you are at the airport, or aboard a plane, and see Port of Seattle emergency vehicles buzzing about and fire trucks spraying a (mock) aircraft. It’s training only and will not affect flight schedules or airport operations. The…

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June 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Singing at Sea-Tac (and hear Macklemore’s airport announcement)

Dave Harmonson of Seattle performed  in the A gates at Sea-Tac Airport in March. (Bettina Hansen photo / The Seattle Times)

Dave Harmonson of Seattle performed in the A gates at Sea-Tac Airport in March. (Bettina Hansen photo / The Seattle Times)

The summertime lines may be long at Sea-Tac Airport, but maybe some good live music will help ease the pain.

After a successful pilot program that began in March, Sea-Tac  will keep having local musicians perform in the terminal for the rest of this year, both before and after the TSA security checkpoints.

There are two live music performances daily between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Musicians have performed in the concourses, at the food court, in the arrivals hall and others parts of the airport. Get the schedule

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June 14, 2013 at 10:49 AM

How to beat the security delays at SeaTac Airport

Long airport lines can make travelers mad and sad; these passengers were stuck in a SeaTac Airport delay last year. (Ellen M. Banner photo / The Seattle Times, 2012)

Long airport lines make travelers mad and sad; these passengers were stuck in a SeaTac Airport delay last year. (Ellen M. Banner photo / The Seattle Times, 2012)

     The summer travel rush began this week at Sea-Tac Airport with security lines so long that more than 150 people have missed Alaska Airlines flights, according to an airline official.  It’s been taking as much as an hour to get through the TSA checkpoints at the airport  at some times in recent days.

Part of the problem:  One checkpoint (being re-designed to cope with the almost daily flood of cruise passengers flying home after their Alaska trips) is under construction and won’t re-open until next week. And the TSA  has been closing another checkpoint earlier over the past 1.5 months,   at 1.30 p.m. each day, said SeaTac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper.    

“We’ve let TSA know we’re very concerned at how large lines have been this week.  It’s unusual. We know it’s a busy travel season and these types of plans should be made ahead of time to get people through smoothly,” said Cooper.  SeaTac passenger numbers always increase June through August as families and college students travel and cruises out of Seattle draw thousands of passengers almost daily.

   If you’re going to Sea-Tac, here’s how to cope with the crush:

- Get to SeaTac early.  At least two hours early, even for a domestic flight, recommends the airport.  

- Remember that any of the TSA checkpoints at Sea-Tac will let you get

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