The Port of Seattle is building a new, expanded International Arrivals Facility (IAF) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to significantly enhance the international passenger experience, advance the Puget Sound region as a leading tourism and business gateway, and serve the traveling public well into the future. The IAF, the most complex capital development program in the history of the 69-year old airport, will significantly improve the arrival process for international passengers without adding new gates. The existing 1970s-era facilities cannot accommodate Seattle’s growing demand for international travel.
The IAF program includes three new elements:
- a 450,000 square foot grand hall for baggage claim and customs processing;
- an 85-foot high aerial walkway that will directly connect passengers from the South Satellite to the grand hall; and,
- a new sterile corridor connecting arriving international passengers on Concourse A.
As well, supporting projects to expand power, fiber optic technology,and high-efficiency baggage services will significantly speed-up processing during peak international arrival periods.
An independent review panel convened by the Port of Seattle Commission reported on September 11, 2018, the price and construction of the program of projects are both “reasonable and achievable.”
New Facility Plan
- Nearly double international-capable gates (from 12 to 20).
- Increase passenger capacity by more than double to 2,600 passengers per hour.
- Incorporate enhanced technologies for faster passport check clearance.
- Increase size and number of bag claim carousels from four to seven.
- Reduce the minimum passenger connection time from 90 to 75 minutes.
Planned Facility Improvements
- The IAF will be a new multi-level, 450,000 square-foot facility located east of the current Concourse A.
- An iconic aerial walkway, which will span 900 feet across and 85 feet above the existing taxi lane, will connect arriving international passengers from the South Satellite across the top of Concourse A to the new IAF.
Estimated Project Costs and Jobs Created
- The guaranteed maximum price of the program of projects is set at $968 million.
- Construction will be completed on May 31, 2020. After a period of activation testing, the facility is scheduled to open to the public in the Fall of 2020
- Funding for the project will come from a combination of airport-generated revenues, passenger facility charges (PFC’s) and revenue bonds.
- As with virtually all airport projects, no tax-payer dollars will be used to fund the project.
- The IAF is expected to support approximately 10,600 jobs, including 500 jobs a day during a months-long peak construction period.
International Arrivals Facility Progress — May 2019
Details About the New Facility
- The iconic aerial walkway will be prefabricated at the north end of the airport, then transported to the south end overnight for installation in order to reduce impacts to taxiway use.
- A new security corridor along the face of the existing Concourse A will allow eight international wide-body aircraft gates to access directly into the IAF. These gates will also allow dual use for domestic flights into Concourse A.
- As part of the Port of Seattle’s emphasis on environmental stewardship and sustainability, the project is designed to achieve LEED V4 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Version 4) Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council.
- The baggage claim devices will nearly triple in size, from four devices with 668 linear feet in the current space to seven devices and 1,806 linear feet!
Current Sea-Tac Airport Traffic Facts
- Sea-Tac is one of the fastest growing large hub airports in North America. Increasing passenger traffic by 41 percent in the last five years, Sea-Tac Airport has jumped to the ninth busiest airport in the U.S.
- International passenger activity in the customs facility at Sea-Tac has more than doubled in the past 10 years, growing 107 percent from 2007 to 2017.
- A consultant study estimates each new international route generates $89 million in annual economic impacts to the region.
- Located exactly halfway between London and Tokyo, Sea-Tac Airport is the closest U.S. West Coast gateway to both Europe and Asia.
- Over the past 10 years, Sea-Tac has welcomed 16 new intercontinental services including new routes to Beijing, Dubai, Frankfurt, Dublin, Reykjavik, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.
CONTRACTOR INFORMATION: Contractors can get more information on bid packages and awards.
Conceptual drawings and video courtesy of Clark/SOM/Port of Seattle.