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Central Terminal Renovation Project


The Port of Seattle is committed to exemplary customer service at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, including a high quality experience for travelers at the airport’s restaurants and retail locations.

To provide more dining and shopping options to meet growing passenger demands, as well as more opportunities for local businesses and workers, the airport is launching an exciting project that will markedly change the heart of the airport — the Central Terminal Renovation Project.

Don’t fear, the iconic glass wall is not going away. However, those dramatic views of the airfield and the Olympic Mountains will be interrupted during construction. And there are still plenty of food and retail options throughout the airport!

The nearly $17 million project will add 10,000 square feet of shops and restaurants to the Central Terminal, and make it accessible for all travelers by meeting ADA requirements. This renovation will accommodate the demand for dining and retail space to meet the anticipated passenger projections into the future. The second floor mezzanine will feature more retail opportunities as well as seating with unmatched vistas. Once work is done, the Central Terminal will also feature charging stations for all your electronics, more family friendly seating, include elevators at the north and south end of the Terminal, as well as modernize the heating and cooling systems.

Open During Construction

While construction will disrupt routines, we invite you to use this as an opportunity to explore the other restaurants and meal options located throughout the airport.

Did you know ...

that there are 14 sit-down dining options, at least one in every major concourse? Many of your old favorites are still open, and some have expanded their meal choices and hours of operation.

There are some newly opened sit-down restaurants ...

near the Central Terminal on Concourse A. Qdoba has relocated, and Floret by Café Flora has opened its first airport location. Relax in one of the new gate seating areas, complete with built-in power outlets, so your technology can recharge while you do, too.

Take a stroll...

get your steps in during a walking tour of public art at Sea-Tac. Download the STQRY app to check out the art around your concourse. During construction, most of the Central Terminal will be closed; however passengers will still be able to purchase food from one of three temporary kiosks (Ivar’s, Pallino Pastaria and Subway). The construction also means the chairs and tables in the area will be redistributed to areas in all the concourses. Travelers are encouraged to visit shops and restaurants near their gates and enjoy their meals and conversation in the concourses, closer to the departure and arrival gates.

Central Terminal modernization details

  • Add dining, retail and seating on the north and south mezzanines
  • Installation of charging station counters
  • Provide more opportunities for local and regional business as well as small, minority-owned companies
  • Modernize mechanical systems to ensure the space remains comfortable in all seasons

Project timeline 

Construction Begins/Central Terminal food court closed Feb. 2018
Phase One/south side completed - new tenants open* Q1 2019
Phase Two/north side completed - new tenants open Summer 2020
* When Phase One is done, the construction wall will be removed from the south side, and travelers will be able to use the area while the second phase is being completed.

Estimated project costs

The Central Terminal Project is estimated to cost $16,834,000. 

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