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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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June 5, 2013 at 2:22 PM

A new buzz at Sea-Tac: The bees have landed

Next to the center runway, Sea-Tac Airport’s lead beekeeper, Bob Redmond, director of the local nonprofit The Common Acre, and beekeeper David Feinberg look at the health of the hive. (Port of Seattle photo)

Next to the center runway, Sea-Tac Airport’s lead beekeeper, Bob Redmond, director of the local nonprofit The Common Acre, and beekeeper David Feinberg look at the health of the hive. (Port of Seattle photo)

There are some new things taking flight at Sea-Tac Airport - 500,000 honey bees.

In partnership with a Seattle non-profit, the airport has installed six hives on vacant land. Like most airports, Sea-Tac has a big buffer zone of undeveloped, open space (for safety and to mitigate the noise of plane take-offs and landings) that makes a perfect home for bees.

With honey bee populations in drastic decline in the U.S., using the airport vacant land made sense, said airport officials.  They partnered with

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May 17, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Get ready for the summer crush at Sea-Tac Airport

A plane comes in for a landing at Sea-Tac Airport , as cars pass underneath the runway on S. 188th St.  (Ellen M. Banner photo / The Seattle Times)

A plane comes in for a landing at Sea-Tac Airport as cars pass underneath the runway on S. 188th St. Expect very  busy days at Sea-Tac starting around  the  Memorial Day weekend. (Ellen M. Banner photo / The Seattle Times)

 You and 99,999 other passengers; that’s the averagel crowd on a summer day at Sea-Tac Airport.  And it could be even busier this summer season, which traditionally begins Memorial Day weekend.

 Last year the airport had a record 33.2 million passengers; this year it’s on track for another record-breaker, according to Sea-Tac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper.

  For the Memorial Day weekend, the busiest days are expected to be Thursday, May 23, with 93,200 projected passengers and Friday, May 24, with 95,600 passengers. Then the passenger numbers surge in June through August to

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April 16, 2013 at 1:24 PM

American Airlines fixes computers but expect delays, cancellations

Going nowhere: American Airlines flights are grounded because of a computer problem (Mike Siegel photo, The Seattle Times).

American Airlines flights were grounded system-wide because of a computer problem (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

If you’re flying American Airlines later today or tomorrow, including from Sea-Tac Airport, be ready for delays and cancellations as planes and crews will be out of place, thanks to a computer outage that  grounded  the carrier’s planes  system-wide earlier today.

American said its computer system was repaired as of about  1.30 p.m. (Pacific time) but thousands of American Airlines customers were stranded  at check-in counters, airport gates and aboard planes as the airline struggled  to fix the problem that began earlier today.

Check your flight’s status before you go to the airport. American Airlines is not a major carrier at Sea-Tac Airport, but flights to Chicago and Dallas are affected, according to Flight Stats, an online tracking system. Here’s what American has posted on Twitter for affected travelers:

“Our systems have been fully restored, however we expect continued flight delays and cancellations throughout the remainder of the day. We have made several options available to our customers:

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April 9, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Midwest storms may mire flights

Some 500 flights were canceled in Denver Tuesday morning as a snow-lashing storm moved across the nation’s midland, so expect ripple effects at Sea-Tac and airports across the nation. Temperatures in Denver plummeted from Monday’s 71 degrees to this morning’s low of 16, with a reported wind-chill effect of -14. Snow was lighter than expected…

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March 5, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Way to fly: Sea-Tac nabs top spot for on-time departures

Sea-Tac Airport is doing something really right.  It’s taken the top spot for on-time departures among the world’s busiest airports for the month  of February with 91.18 percent of flights departing on time, according to FlightStats. How good was Sea-Tac’s grade? Very good.  The average on-time departure performance among the top 35 international airports in February…

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February 21, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Howling Midwest storm delaying flights, including from Sea-Tac

With the Midwest being battered by a snowstorm  – and thunder and lightning adding to the pain  – flights through St. Louis, Kansas City,  Chicago and other airports are being delayed or canceled. As of Thursday late morning, more than 600 flights had been canceled, according to FlightStats, thanks to what’s called Winter Storm Q. …

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