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Published on : Friday, November 15, 2013
Unlike some other places around the country, this is not the busiest time of the year at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, but sometimes it can feel like it. Why? We don’t have as many overall passengers but we do have a lot of inexperienced travelers who may only fly once or twice a year – inexperience can back up checkpoint lines. Plus, picking up relatives for the holidays means more traffic on the airport drives [see tips below for picking up out-of-town arrivals].
Holiday Traffic Numbers
The busiest days for the November holiday season:
Additional Sea-Tac Airport Traffic Notes:
Tips for avoiding congestion on the drives
Sea-Tac will continue a series of actions implemented last year to reduce the congestion on the airport drives, from adjusted signage to traffic metering by Port of Seattle Police. Of significant note, shuttles for the Rental Car Facility have reduced the number of vehicles on the drive by 160,000 each month or 1.9 million for the year.
Below are some effective tips for avoiding the congestion:
Save on holiday parking rates
We’re gearing up for the busy holiday travel season at Sea-Tac, so plan ahead to beat the airport traffic and enjoy extra savings on our regular parking rates! Now through Jan. 15, 2014, take advantage of our holiday parking deals and park for only $99 a week (up to seven days) in General Parking. Minimum 4 day stay required. Sign-up now to get your coupon from the airport website. Sea-Tac’s parking rates are all inclusive, with no additional charges or fees, and no shuttle to slow you down.
Enjoy the “Best Arrivals Experience” honored by the Future Travel Experience Awards recognizing Sea-Tac Airport’s Experience the City of Music program. Check online for a schedule of live northwest musicians entertaining in various locations and get more details about this unique showcase of the region’s music culture, including a new Jimi Hendrix exhibit from EMP.
Take the Sea-Tac Airport Art Walk for a little exercise and education in public art. The free, self-guided tour takes you ½ mile (one way) through more than 16 permanent art installations and rotating temporary exhibits. QR codes guide your way and provide artistic information.
If you haven’t visited recently, be aware to follow the signs as a few ticket counters have moved, along with their gates, due to airline realignment. The biggest to note is United Airlines moving from their long time north end location on the ticketing level to the south end with their gates now on the A concourse.
Forgot to empty your liquids? At checkpoint 3, look for the liquid drain and keep your favorite container through security. Then when you get to the other side, fill back up with the water bottle filler in the central terminal food court.
Self bag tagging is now available in a common use kiosk for Hawaiian Airlines right across from the international ticket counters. Get your boarding pass and your bag tag on your own!
For users of electronics, take advantage of more than 300 new power plug-ins attached to seats at gate areas throughout the south satellite and concourses A, B, & C. More are coming and you can use it to check out our FREE WiFi throughout the terminal.
Questions? Lost? Pathfinders, dressed in red, and volunteers , in blue, are available seven days a week throughout the terminal using iPads to help travelers with quick information.
Don’t forget other amenities to enjoy your trip — rocking chairs in central terminal, the salmon walk on concourse B, a kids play area where concourse B and A come together, find the talking water fountains, and visit the Quiet Zone at gate B4. See more under Passenger Services.
More green projects have taken off and you can see them right outside the window of the gates. Centralized Pre-Conditioned Air will save millions of dollars and thousands of tons of greenhouse gasses. Find out more in our projects page.
Find out about new concessions options, construction, and news at Sea-Tac Traveler Updates.
General Travel Tips
Do Some Advance Planning – Confirm your travel details and make sure the name on your boarding pass and your government-issued ID match.
Pack with Security in Mind – Know what is and isn’t allowed in carry-ons and checked luggage by checking the TSA website. Also see if you qualify for the new TSA PreCheck program.
Get your Boarding Pass Early – Print it online before you arrive or use convenient check-in kiosks in the airport garage or at airline check-in counters. Passengers with only carry-on baggage can go directly to the security checkpoint. Passengers with luggage can go to airline bag-check points.
Check the status of your flight online or via email notification – Check our flight status page for updates online or through email alerts.
Arrive at least two hours before your flight – give yourself time to get through security.
Park in the Airport Garage – Save time, stay dry and be close. No shuttles, covered skybridges and you are right next to the terminal.
Traveling Internationally? Sign-up for Global Entry
Frequent international travelers can significantly speed up their clearance process through U.S. Customs and Border Protection by enrolling in Global Entry, an expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. A five-year membership is only $100. Visit the Global Entry website for more information.
Earn Airline Miles When You Park, Dine or Shop
Sea-Tac Airport partners with the Thanks Again loyalty program to offer airline miles when you park in the airport’s ParkSmart garage or make a purchase at any of our airport merchants. Enrollment is free and when you register by texting (text FLYSEATAC to 82257) you will receive 100 bonus miles. Register today and earn airline miles for purchases you already make at the airport!
Source:- Port of Seattle