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PORT OF SEATTLE, TSA AND AIRLINES AT SEA-TAC AIRPORT WORK HARD TO KEEP YOU MOVING

Despite record breaking summer travel at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, passengers waited in TSA security checkpoint lines for shorter periods compared to summer 2016. Thanks to efforts by the Port of Seattle, TSA, and airlines, passengers waited in line under 20 minutes nearly 97 percent of the time. Wait times went down in spite of the fact that the number of travelers passing through Sea-Tac went up 1.2 percent from last summer.

Between May and September of 2017, just over 22 million passengers passed through Sea-Tac, an average of 143,826 passengers per day. This summer, thanks to a team effort and a plan in place initiated by Port of Seattle  leadership, passengers found themselves in shorter checkpoint lines and able to move through security more efficiently than in previous years.

Between the months of May and August, there were only 13 occasions when passengers waited in TSA security lines longer than 30 minutes. The average wait time for 2017 was just over 8 minutes, compared with almost 15 minutes in 2016. Efforts to reduce wait times included adding to the K9 team and using Pathfinders and interns to help move passengers.

TSA worked to have enough K9 teams in place to speed up the lines when the checkpoint queues started to back up. Three new K9s were added to the team of eight existing K9s. Ten of the K9s are now at Sea-Tac on a permanent basis.

What else did Sea-Tac do move passengers through security more efficiently?

*   Kept extra lanes open during known peak travel times.Kept extra lanes open during known peak travel times.

*   Hired eight additional Emergency Hire Pathfinders (to the original 14 Pathfinders), experts in wayfinding and crowd control.

*   Hired 10 high school interns and five college interns to assist customers in the Terminal Operations/Customer Service Department.

Going into the busy holiday travel season, the Port of Seattle plans to continue these efforts to minimize wait times and get passengers on the way to their destinations.

 

PORT OF SEATTLE WELCOMES AIr france announcement of Nonstop service to Paris

New service will begin in March 25, 2018.  This new service will be in addition the current daily Paris flight operated as part of a joint venture with Delta Air Lines.

Read the Air France anouncement of direct service to Paris here.

PORT OF SEATTLE, BOEING & ALASKA AIRLINES RELEASE AVIATION BIOFUEL INFRASTRUCTURE FINDINGS

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 theexisting 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 

 

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