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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Achieves Record Growth, Launches Expansion

June 25, 2016 Airport No Comments Email Email

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Sees Record Growth, Plans Infrastructure Improvements For the fifth straight year, passenger traffic at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) increased I 2015.

Central Terminal at Sea-Tac Airport, 29 April 2014

Central Terminal at Sea-Tac Airport, 29 April 2014

With record-setting 42.3 million overall travelers, Sea-Tac passenger levels increased nearly 13 percent, including a 14.6 percent increase for international travelers, according to the Port of Seattle. Sea-Tac remains one of the fastest growing large hub airports in the U.S.

Throughout 2015, Sea-Tac saw the introduction or announcement of 30 new services on five different airlines, including five new (previously un-served) nonstop destinations: Charleston; Dallas-Love Field; Helena; Oklahoma City; and Raleigh/Durham.

International traffic continues to grow at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac). Since 2010, long-haul international passengers have increased nearly 80 percent and all international passenger traffic (including Canada and Mexico) has increased more than 60 percent. In 2015, Sea-Tac welcomed more than 4.4 million international passengers. During the past ten years, Sea-Tac has added 14 new intercontinental services. Sea-Tac currently has 19 intercontinental nonstop services to six cities in Asia (Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo), five cities in Europe (Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Paris, and Reykjavik) and Dubai.

Airport projects over the next five years total $1.9 billion, including renovation and expansion of the north satellite, a new International Arrivals Facility, a new centralized, high-efficiency baggage system, and the reconstruction of the center runway (completed in December 2015). Airport officials are considering up to $10 billion on future facility upgrades as part of a Sustainable Airport Master Plan, including an estimated 35 additional gates.

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