Sea-Tac Traveler Updates
Sea-Tac Airport is as busy as ever
Look for these friendly folks to help you navigate to your gate
Insider tips and trips
The following insider info and tips will help expedite your next trip through Sea-Tac Airport:
- Arrive Early! Travelers are encouraged to arrive a minimum of two hours before domestic and three hours for international flights – give yourself time to park, check-in and get through security. Additionally, if you’re checking bags, add some extra time on top of it. It’s always better to be early.
- The busiest times at TSA checkpoints typically are between 5 -11 a.m., while increased flights during the evening create another busy period between 7 - 9 p.m. The days of sleepy evening hours is no longer the reality at Sea-Tac.
- Peak hours may mean TSA checkpoints are longer, so please plan accordingly and arrive with plenty of lead time.
- Thursday and Fridays are the busiest days during the week.
- Pack Safe: know before you travel what items are and aren’t allowed in carry-ons and checked bags.
- Print boarding passes ahead of time or use self-serve kiosks at ticketing.
- Travelers can reach their gates from any TSA security checkpoint. The central checkpoint is open 24/7.
- Empty liquids before you get into TSA lines.
- At security checkpoints, have your boarding pass and ID ready and remove laptops from their bags ahead of time.
- Sign up for Trusted Traveler programs such as Pre-Check or Global Entry. These programs allow approved travelers to take specific designated lines for quicker service through checkpoints.
Sea-Tac Airport becomes first in the U.S. to achieve Salmon-Safe Certification
Salmon-Safe recognizes Port of Seattle’s work to protect Puget Sound water quality and salmon habitat; Sea-Tac becomes the first U.S. airport to achieve Salmon-Safe certification. Read all about it here.
Port of Seattle fuels economy with millions of pounds of cherries shipped through Sea-Tac Airport
Have you ever wondered how many cherries fit into a 747? Air freighter flights double in June and July as “cherry season” goes into full bloom. Read the story here.
Prost! Port of Seattle welcomes new nonstop service to Munich on Condor Airlines
Oktoberfest just got better with nonstop service to Bavaria’s capital. Service to start next summer 2017.
Read the story here.
Port of Seattle welcomes DHL to Sea-Tac Airport
DHL comes to Sea-Tac to take advantage of enhanced cargo facilities – the seventh new cargo and passenger carrier in 2016. Read the story here.
Port of Seattle welcomes Virgin Atlantic to Sea-Tac Airport
Joint venture between Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines brings 787 service to London in 2017. Read more here.
Sea-Tac Airport prepares for record number of summer passengers
Port of Seattle making many changes including adding temporary private contractors at checkpoints beginning May 23 to assist passengers and allow TSA to open more security lanes. Read more here.
Port of Seattle, City of Seattle and Seattle Metropolitan Chamber announce first U.S. service by China’s Xiamen Airlines with Xiamen-Shenzhen connection to Sea-Tac Airport
Service begins September 26, 2016. Read the story here.
Sea-Tac Airport first quarter 2016 breaks records for passenger numbers
Port of Seattle is ready for busy a summer and proactive measures are speeding up TSA lines.
The Port of Seattle released first quarter passenger totals at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport which were larger than the entire population of New York City. From January to March, Sea-Tac welcomed 9.5 million travelers; a 10 percent increase from 2015 including an eight percent increase for international passengers. Read the story here
Port of Seattle welcomes announcement of year-round Mexico service to begin in july with Volaris Airline
Service begins July 7, 2016 to Guadalajara. Read the story here
Art in Hand!
See the public art collection at Sea-Tac via mobile app
The art of discovery is now in your hands and online at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport! The Port of Seattle is introducing a mobile app for travelers to discover and explore the entire public art collection of the airport. Read more here.
Bicycle Amenities at Sea-Tac
We make it easy to ride to Sea-Tac Airport, park, and disassemble or assemble your bike. Our bicycle assembly station, with tools and bike pump, provides a place to disassemble or assemble your bike before or after a flight.
The station is located across from Ken’s Baggage and Frozen Foods, baggage claim level, between carousels 12 and 13. Ken’s offers bicycle boxes for sale. Contact your airline about fees for checking your bike on a flight. Click here for more information.