New design images & video fly-through for expanded Sea-Tac Airport released





The Port of Seattle on Thursday (Sept. 29) released the latest images and a video for the new International Arrivals Facility (IAF) set to meet the growing, record demand of international traffic at Sea-Tacl Airport.

“The multi-level 450,000 square foot facility will 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 Port said.

The project is scheduled to break ground in early 2017 and open in late 2019.

Here’s the video:

“Our international travel continues to grow at a double-digit pace, but what welcomes international travelers to Sea-Tac is a cramped, 1970’s facility that is well beyond its planned peak capacity. The IAF project is a critical investment for the region’s economy that will create a proper welcome mat for both business and leisure travelers,” said Port of Seattle Commission President John Creighton. “The new facility will help drive the port’s Century Agenda strategy to double the number of international flights and destinations over 25 years.”

The IAF will be a new, multi-level, 450,000 square-foot facility located east of the current Concourse A. An iconic aerial walkway will span 900 linear feet across and 85 feet over the existing taxi lane to connect arriving international passengers from the south satellite across the top of concourse A to the new IAF. In addition, a secure international corridor will be built on concourse A to nearly double the number of existing international gates from 12 to 20.

The new International Arrivals Facility will increase peak passenger capacity by more than double to 2,600 passengers per hour. Currently Sea-Tac sees daily peak passenger levels averaging over 2,000 passengers per hour for a facility designed for only 1,200 per hour.

Additional benefits of the new facility will include:

  • More than double Passport Check booths and kiosks (from 30 to 80 booths)
  • Increase size and number of bag claim carousels from four to seven
  • Create a single bag claim process, eliminating the need for international passengers to ride a train to baggage claim
  • Create direct access from the IAF to ground transportation at airport drives or garage and
  • Reduce minimum passenger connection time from 90 to 75 minutes.

Estimated Project Costs:
The current budget for the IAF is $660 million. Funding for the project will come from a combination of airport generated revenues, passengers facility charges (PFC’s) and revenue bonds. As with virtually all airport projects, no Port of Seattle taxes will be used.

Current Sea-Tac Airport Traffic Facts:

  • International passenger activity requiring customs clearance at Sea-Tac has more than doubled in the past 10 years, growing 105 percent from 2005 to 2015
  • Over the past ten years, Sea-Tac has gained 15 new intercontinental services including, Beijing, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Paris, Reykjavik, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.
  • A consultant study estimates each new international route generates $75 million annual economic impact to the region.

Additional Details about the Existing Facility:

  • The bridge will be prefabricated offsite, transported to the site and installed within a seven-day time frame.
  • The project will feature an elevated sterile corridor along the face of existing Concourse A from Gates A6-A14, raised nearly 32 feet above the aircraft apron level, and will include approximately 45,000 square feet of floor space.
  • The project will be designed to achieve LEED® Silver Version 4 certification.
  • Early construction projects will begin on September 30, 2016.

Ready for the future
The Port of Seattle is working on more than $2 billion in near-term projects planned to accommodate growth for the future including NorthSTAR, a new International Arrivals Facility, an updated baggage system and a 20-year Sustainable Airport Master Plan.

Sea-Tac Passenger Growth
For the past two years, Sea-Tac is the fastest growing large hub airport in the U.S. and is the 13thlargest domestic airport based on total passengers. Through August of 2016, traffic is up 9.1 percent, after increases of nearly 13 percent in 2015 and 7.7 percent in 2014. International traffic is up 10.1 percent.

Nearly 4.8 million passengers came through Sea-Tac in August, almost 34 percent higher than the number in August 2013 – just three years ago.

Sea-Tac has set annual passenger records for the past five years, totaling 42.3 million in 2015, and is on pace to set another record this year with a projected total over 45 million passengers.


One Response to “New design images & video fly-through for expanded Sea-Tac Airport released”
  1. Kay says:

    Beautiful. I’ve always loved the large panoramic window area in the food court area. I like how that same “look and feel” has been carried over into this expansion.