January 13, 2022
COVID-19 and travel at SEA Airport
Thanks for the memories, North Satellite. You’ve been a part of our film history and our travel moments since 1973. But it’s time to say goodbye to the past and hello to a new and improved facility.
The North Satellite construction has happened in two stages to minimize the impact on travelers. The first five gates opened in January 2019 with several new dining options. After those gates were ready, operations transitioned to the newly expanded section and the full renovation of the 1973-era North Satellite is now in progress through 2021.
There are currently $3.7 billion of improvements in progress to make Sea-Tac more efficient and meet growing passenger demand. The North Satellite Modernization Project will make room for eight new gates for additional flights each day. The renovation includes a new rooftop-level Alaska Airlines lounge with Olympic Mountain views, improves the Concourse C Satellite Transit Station, and opens up the entire facility with natural light and views of the airfield and mountains. The building will be expanded from 160,000 square feet to 428,000 square feet, pushing 240 feet to the west and then adding a second story.
The new facility will feature new amenities, more elbow room, and sustainable design. Setting foot into Sea-Tac’s North Satellite facility will mean stepping into natural light and views of the airfield and mountains, and enjoying a world-class airport.
Watch a video trip from the 1960s through the North Satellite's future
Here are a few fun facts about the North Satellite, both as it was and as it will be:
The building is now 46 years old and boy have times changed. Here’s a snapshot of what was happening on July 1, 1973 when the building opened:
You have probably noticed, but here’s a little more detail.
The expanded facility will help us to manage passenger volumes by expanding the number of gates from 12 to 20. Travelers will benefit through more space and more choice in restaurants and shopping. And it will provide more jobs and opportunities for entrepreneurs to support the growing regional economy.
Learn more about what’s happening with the North Satellite Modernization Project
Gate N7 is where Annie (Meg Ryan) walks right past Sam (Tom Hanks) in the 1993 movie Sleepless in Seattle.
We have so many fond memories of North Satellite and we know you do too.
What’s your favorite North Satellite memory?
Share your memories in the comments on the Sea-Tac Airport Facebook and Instagram using #goodnightN7 for the chance to win a pair of commemorative North Satellite carpet socks. See the contest rules at the bottom of this page.
It takes some planning, but one of the Port’s highest priorities is to build an environmentally friendly facility — using sustainable design, mitigating construction impacts, and operating the building with energy savings. The new facility will be the third Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver-certified building at the airport that’s designed to maximize the health and productivity of travelers and staff, use fewer resources, reduce waste and negative environmental impacts, and decrease life cycle costs.
There are many more eco-friendly strategies and features being built into the new facility:
Learn more about the Sustainable Airport Master Plan, the blueprint for changes at Sea-Tac Airport to meet future passenger and cargo demand while protecting the environment.
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January 13, 2022
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