Sea-Tac Airport First Quarter 2016 Breaks Records for Passenger Numbers

Published on : Friday, April 22, 2016

Port of SeattleThe Port of Seattle today released first quarter passenger totals at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport which were larger than the entire population of New York City. From January to March, Sea-Tac welcomed 9.5 million travelers; a 10 percent increase from 2015 including an eight percent increase for international passengers.



“Like our popular Northwest music program at Sea-Tac Airport, the beat goes on and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down,” said Port of Seattle Commission President John Creighton. “Our double digit growth rate continues even through what is supposed to be the slowest part of the year. If this pace continues, we’ll see another record for the year, exceeding 45 million passengers. The Port is taking steps now to plan to upgrade Sea-Tac to handle future demand and keep the region’s economy strong.”




Preparing for a busy summer

This summer is expected to break even more passenger records and Sea-Tac is implementing new strategies resulting in shorter wait times at TSA security checkpoints.  Changes include the TSA shifting K-9 operating hours to focus on peak early morning screening, optimized line management team hours, and added employees to help balance line volume.



Starting in May, Sea-Tac will be adding 90 temporary private contractors to assist travelers, freeing up TSA officers to open up more screening lanes. Sea-Tac is hiring more full-time customer service staff, known as Pathfinders, to assist travelers throughout the airport.



While Sea-Tac ramps up for a busy summer, travelers can prepare by visiting our travel tips webpage. Travelers are recommended to arrive two hours prior to domestic flights and three hours for international travel to allow time to park, get through airline ticketing/bag drop and the through security checkpoints.
Source:- Port Seattle

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