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Central Terminal Construction and Dining Options

Sea-Tac Airport has kicked off a major renovation and upgrade of the Central Terminal dining area.

The Central Terminal dining area renovation is a major piece of the Port's program to expand Sea-Tac dining and retail spaces from 85 to 135.

When completed, the new Central Terminal will feature second-level retail and dining spaces, stunning airfield views, an additional 10,000 square feet of dining and seating, and be more accessible for all travelers by meeting ADA requirements.

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We're open for business during construction. We have 44 dining options throughout the airport today. Explore the area around your gate and try something new on your next trip.

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Port of Seattle, TSA and Airlines at Sea-Tac Airport Work Hard to Keep You Moving

For the seventh year in a row, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has set another record in the number of passengers traveling through the airport at nearly 47 million.

To help make your trip easier, Sea-Tac and its partner airlines and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), are working to minimize the time it takes to get through security checkpoints. Our goal is to get you through security in under 20 minutes.  And we did quite well.

In 2017, 91 percent of travelers made it through to their gates in less than 20 minutes. That’s an improvement over 2016, when about 77 percent cleared in under 20 minutes. And remember, this despite an increase in the number of travelers passing through Sea-Tac. The average wait time in security lanes was 9.8 minutes last year.

Remember that these are average times; during the busiest times of the day, you may take longer to get through the checkpoints. That’s why we recommend a couple of suggestions to help make the journey a bit shorter:

  • Arrive at the airport at least two hours before your domestic flight (3 hours if traveling internationally) to allow time to check in, drop your luggage and clear security;
  • Enroll in TSA’s Pre✓ or Global Entry program;
  • Due to enhanced security screening by TSA, travelers will now have to remove any electronics larger than a cell phone from their carryon bags.
  • If you’re traveling with food, please check any items you don’t plan on eating in the terminal or on board your flight. We’ve found that bulk food items tend to require closer inspection by the TSA, and that slows down the line.

The Port of Seattle plans to continue these efforts working with our partners to minimize wait times and get passengers on the way to their destinations. 

Port of Seattle Commission becomes first U.S. port with 10-year goal to transition to sustainable aviation fuels

Five-point plan brings partners together to make Washington State a sustainable aviation fuel producer. Read about the 10-year goal for sustainable aviation fuels here. 

Port of Seattle appoints Stephen Metruck as Executive Director

Former Coast Guard Rear Admiral brings more than 30 years of maritime, financial experience. Read the article about the Metruck appointment here. 

The Port of Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport have expanded efforts to combat human trafficking.

Read more about this important initiative


Existing pipeline, transportation resources, zoning and land use laws could accommodate new aviation biofuel blending, storage and delivery infrastructure.

Read details about sustainable aviation biofuels here.

Nursing Suites revealed at Sea-Tac Airport for traveling mothers

Mamava_170124_02.jpgThe Port of Seattle unveiled two new nursing suites that will help simplify travel for moms. The unique units triple the amount of mother’s suites at the airport, complementing the existing children's play area and mother's room currently located near the Central Terminal area.

The new suites are strategically located on the south end of the airport on the A concourse and on the north end near the Satellite Train System station outside of Concourse D. The private suites are equipped with a power outlet and a table along with a seat large enough to accommodate a mother and child.

To see more you can watch Commissioner Gregoire talk about Sea-Tac's nursing suites.​

Port of Seattle Reveals final design images for North Satellite modernization project Ground breaking 1Q 2017, two phases scheduled to open in 2019 and 2021

Read the news release here and view images and animations below:Exterior rendering of modernized north satellite
Conceptual drawings (click to enlarge). View the complete photo gallery of North Satellite images.

Animated versions of a modernized North Satellite: Click to view animated videos of the exterior and interior.​​​​

Port of Seattle Breaks Ground on new International Arrivals Facility to Improve Customer Experience and Respond to Local Demand for International Service​ ​​

Read about how the new International Arrivals Facility scheduled to open in Fourth Quarter of 2019 here!

IAF Groundbreaking