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Fall 2017

ATTRACTIONS & TOURS

Pike Place Market Grows for the First Time in 40 Years

Pike Place Market’s new MarketFront, a .75-acre, 30,000-square-foot public terrace and plaza that expands to the western flank of Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, marked its official grand opening June 29, 2017. MarketFront offers panoramic views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, space for 47 new day stall tables for farmers, crafters and artists, as well as 12,000-square-feet of commercial and retail space for artisan purveyors and 40 low-income housing units for seniors. The site’s location on the western edge of the market allows future access to the central waterfront development and creates a vital link from the west to the market and downtown Seattle. The site is within the Market Historic District and was part of the Friends of the Market’s original plan for Pike Place Market. The MarketFront completes the district, created in 1971, and connects to the main arcade via the Desimone Bridge.

Media Contact: Emily Crawford, (206) 774-5278; emily.crawford@pikeplacemarket.org

Wings Over Washington Joins the Seattle Great Wheel at Pier 57

Wings Over Washington, one of the most technologically advanced, multi-sensory flying rides, opened to the public in August 2016 at Pier 57 on the Seattle Waterfront. This state-of-the-art “flying theater” transports guests through an aerial adventure high over Washington State. The 20-minute film features views of Elliott Bay, the Olympic National Forest and San Juan Islands, the Cascade Mountains and Snoqualmie Falls, the Tieton River, and the wonders of the Walla Walla Valley Balloon Stampede. Wings Over Washington is the newest attraction at Seattle’s Pier 57, joining the Seattle Great Wheel, and popular eateries including The Crab Pot and the Fisherman’s Restaurant.

Media Contact: Andria Smith, fly@wingsoverwa.com

Museum of Flight Introduces Apollo, The Exhibit

The US vs USSR Space Race of the 1960s was a time of superlatives as the space agencies of each country used their best and their brightest to get one step closer to putting footprints on the Moon. APOLLO, the exhibit, reflects those times with artifacts both towering and diminutive, each with powerful stories of the people behind them. The exhibit is the first public display of the long-lost rocket engines that launched the Apollo astronauts to the Moon. The historic Apollo 12 and 16 F-1 engines that boosted the mighty Saturn V Moon rockets were lost at the bottom of the sea for 43 years until discovered and raised by Seattle-based Bezos Expeditions in 2013. The sunken remains were our last missing links to the first adventures to another world. The aged and sculptural artifacts still show the scars of their service and of resting in the depths. They will now punctuate the Museum’s new exhibit about the dramatic adventure of spaceflight through the post-Apollo ebb in the 1970s. For comparison, a full-scale F-1 rocket engine, on loan from the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, will also be displayed. The exhibit will feature many other unique artifacts from the Space Race, including Moon rocks, a lunar roving “moon buggy,” the only Viking Mars lander on Earth, space suits and the first Apollo command module.

Media Contact: Ted Huetter (206) 455-5360; thuetter@museumofflight.org

Space Needle Begins Century Project, a $100 Million Renovation

The Century Project is a multi-year project focused on the preservation and renovation of the Space Needle, which began fall 2017. Core components of phase one of the project include an update of the Observation Deck, which entails new glass barriers, glass benches, floor-to ceiling glass replacing the low-level exterior walls on the Observation Deck, better guest access, and a new open circular stairway from the Observation Deck to the restaurant level. The restaurant level updates include floor-to-ceiling glass, new turntable mechanics, a glass floor and an expanded lobby. Phase one of the Century project is scheduled to be completed by spring of 2018. The Observation Deck will remain open throughout the project.

Media Contact: Dave Mandapat, (206) 905-2164; davidm@spaceneedle.com

Center for Wooden Boats to Open New Education Center

Seattle’s Center for Wooden Boats is constructing the Dick and Colleen Wagner Education Center, a 9,200-square-foot building that will consist of a large boat shop, classroom space, gallery space, a visitor center and offices adjacent to the center’s existing South Lake Union site. Completion is expected by spring of 2018.The Center for Wooden Boats, founded in 1976, promotes the Northwest’s small-craft heritage through the preservation of historic craft used in boating lessons, outings and education.

Media Contact: Rebecca Wittman, (206) 382-2628; rwittman@cwb.org

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Arrives in Seattle April 2018

In April 2018, Seattle will welcome all Clipper Round the World yachts, including Visit Seattle’s Yacht, as they enter the Puget Sound and the Port of Seattle’s Bell Harbor Marina from Qingdao, China before heading to Panama. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the only event of its kind for amateur sailors. Approximately 40 percent of the crewmembers are novices and have never sailed prior to completing their comprehensive training program ahead of their adventure. The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, which has Unicef as the official Charity Partner, is the world’s greatest ocean adventure and regarded as one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet. The race spans 40,000 nautical miles, takes almost a year to complete and consists of 12 teams competing against each other on the world’s largest matched fleet of ocean-racing yachts. Follow along at www.clipperroundtheworld.com.

Media Contact: Kevin Ticen, (206) 461-5803; KTicen@seattlesports.org

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Seattle Museum Month Returns in February 2018

The fourth annual Seattle Museum Month takes place February 2018, offering visitors 50 percent off admission at 40 participating museums throughout Seattle and the region. Several of the region’s most noteworthy museums are participating in the program again this year – including Seattle Art Museum, Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), Museum of Flight, Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Seattle Aquarium, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and Chihuly Garden and Glass. The Tacoma Art Museum and the Seattle Children’s Museum are new this year. The offers are valid for guests staying at one of the several dozen downtown Seattle hotels. Guests must present an official Seattle Museum Month guest pass at participating museums to redeem the discounts; these discounts will be valid for all guests staying in the hotel room (not to exceed four people) during hotel stay dates. Visitors can check the Seattle Museum Month website for a full list of participating museums at seattlemuseummonth.com.

Media Contact: Kauilani Robinson, (206) 461-5839; krobinson@visitseattle.org

The Smithsonian Institution Selects Museum of Flight to Exhibit Apollo 11 Spacecraft on 50th Anniversary of Landing on the Moon

The Museum of Flight will host the Smithsonian’s landmark exhibit, Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission, March 16-Sept. 2, 2019, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing. The exhibit’s centerpiece is the Apollo 11 Command Module, Columbia, the only remaining portion of the Apollo spacecraft used on humankind’s first flight to the Moon’s surface. The capsule has remained in a place of honor in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for the past 46 years. Seattle’s Museum of Flight is the only West Coast destination for Destination Moon and the spacecraft that forever changed world history.

Media Contact: Ted Huetter (206) 455-5360; thuetter@museumofflight.org

Museum of History & Industry Showcases the Works of Seattle Photographer Al Smith

The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) will put on view an exhibition of legendary Seattle photographer Al Smith. Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith is on display now through June 17, 2018 and illustrates how Smith used photography to document the African-American community in the Pacific Northwest during the mid-20th century. A retrospective of Smith’s work, the exhibition draws on the finest examples for more than 40,000 photographs donated by his family. These irreplaceable works serve as unique examples of capturing history through lens, film and flashbulb.

Media Contact: Wendy Malloy, (206) 324-1126 ext. 150; wendy.malloy@mohai.com

Seattle Aquarium Plans 50,000 Square Foot Addition

LMN Architects is planning a $100 million design for a 50,000-square-foot expansion to the aquarium. There will be an additional wing, enabling the aquarium to boost capacity. The new pavilion will be able to host new exhibits that include a 350,000-gallon warm water tank, and a gathering space that will hold up to 200 people. The space will also offer a more hands-on, interactive experience. Expansion construction is to be finished by 2023.

Media Contact: Tim Kuniholm, (206) 386-4345; t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org

Andrew Wyeth Retrospective on Display at the Seattle Art Museum

Winter Is Always: An Andrew Wyeth Retrospective opened at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) on October 19, 2017 and will run through January 15, 2018. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Andrew’s birth, an exhibition of his 75-year career will be on display at SAM. There will be over 100 paintings and drawings of his work to showcase his legacy.

Media Contact: Rachel Eggers, (206) 654-3151; RachelE@SeattleArtMuseum.org

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes Exhibit to Premiere at MoPOP in 2018

The world’s first and most extensive exhibition celebrating Marvel’s visual and cultural impact will premiere at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture in April 2018. Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes will feature more than 300 original artifacts, including some of Marvel’s most iconic and sought-after pages, costumes and props, many of which have never-before been seen by the public. These will be displayed in a major retrospective at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) in Seattle, opening on April 21, 2018. The exhibition will tell the Marvel story through comics, film and other media, taking place as it celebrates 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and ahead of the 80th anniversary in 2019.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Taste Washington Turns 21 with its Biggest Menu of Events and Special Guests

Tickets are on sale for the highly-anticipated Taste Washington festival taking place March 22-25, 2018 at various locations throughout Seattle. Taste Washington’s signature events – the Red & White Party, On the Farm, The New Vintage and the Grand Tasting – are back and bubbling, with some exciting twists. New experiences and events this year promise a delicious and memorable 21st anniversary. Hundreds of popular restaurants, prominent chefs and dedicated wineries have been represented over the past two decades of Taste Washington. What began as a single-day event is now a four-day festival uniting the most visionary and influential restaurateurs and vintners of the region. Special hotel packages, new experiences and additional programing can be found at www.tastewashington.org.

Media Contact: Kauilani Robinson, (206) 461-5839; krobinson@visitseattle.org

Canlis, 2017 James Beard Award Winner for Outstanding Wine Program

As one of Washington’s finest dining establishments, Canlis won its first James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Program. In the award for “Best Wine Program,” James Beard’s criteria are “a well-presented wine list, knowledgeable staff, and efforts to educate customers about wine.” Canlis boasts an 88-page wine list and has trained four Master Sommeliers and nine advanced sommeliers. This was Canlis’ tenth nomination, and first time winning.

900 Wineries and Counting

Washington is the nation’s second-largest producer of premium wines and boasts more 900 wineries across 14 American Vitacultural Areas (AVAs). Some 350 wine grape growers produce more than 70 wine grape varieties – a ratio of about 49 percent white and 51 percent red. Seattle’s urban wine scene is also taking off with numerous tasting rooms just south of downtown Seattle. And just 30 minutes from Seattle, in Woodinville, there are more than 130 wineries and tasting rooms to experience and enjoy.

Media Contact: Averyl Dunn, (206) 295-5763; adunn@washingtonwine.org

HOTELS

Embassy Suites Seattle Downtown-Pioneer Square to Open January 2018

Located adjacent to CenturyLink Field, this new Embassy Suites flagship property will feature 282 guest rooms and event space for up to 600 attendees, and is expected to open in January 2018.

Marriott to Open New Hotel Concept in Seattle

Marriott International will roll out a new hotel and hotel concept near the new Amazon.com headquarters in Seattle. Moxy will open at 1016 Republican St. and be among the first properties in the new brand to open in several U.S. markets, including Seattle and San Francisco. Moxy Hotels, described as “spirited and fun,” will have 146 smaller-than-normal rooms. The new hotel is expected to open in early 2018.

New Hyatt Regency will be Seattle’s Largest Hotel

Seattle developer R.C. Hedreen Co. entered into a management agreement with Hyatt Hotels Corporation for its new headquarters hotel currently being developed in downtown Seattle. The 1,260-room Hyatt Regency hotel will be Seattle’s largest hotel and one of the biggest on the West Coast when completed in fall of 2018. Located in the heart of downtown Seattle between Stewart and Howell streets and Eighth and Ninth avenues, the premium, full service hotel will be two blocks north of the existing Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) and adjacent to a planned addition of the convention center. The 45-story Hyatt Regency Seattle will include more than 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting and ballroom space and is expected to enliven the surrounding pedestrian streetscape and growing convention neighborhood.

Sheraton Seattle Hotel Undergoes Renovations

Expected to be completed by Spring 2018, Sheraton Seattle Hotel is currently undergoing a $53MM refresh of all 1,236 guest rooms and common spaces. Sheraton Seattle Hotel is located directly across the street from Washington State Convention Center (WSCC).

Residence Inn by Marriott Opened December 1, 2017

The 15-story, 302-room Residence Inn by Marriott in downtown’s Denny Triangle neighborhood opened December 1, 2017. The new hotel is located at Howell Street and 9th Avenue, across the street from the Washington State Convention Center Additional Facility.

Hotel Theodore (né Roosevelt) Opened November 1, 2017

Portland-based Provenance Hotels opened the 151-room Hotel Theodore at Seventh and Pine Street in downtown Seattle in November 2017. Occupying the landmark 1929 building, currently known and operating as the Roosevelt Hotel, the new hotel name is inspired by President Theodore Roosevelt and showcases a collection of works that honor Seattle’s pioneering spirit. Meeting space of 2,415 square feet is offered.

Media Contact: Kate Buska, Providence Hotels, (503) 548-9399; kate@providencehotels.com

Loews Hotel 1000 Completes Renovations Fall 2017

Loews Hotel 1000 completed a multi-million dollar renovation in November 2017, focused on the overall guest experience by updating guest rooms, meeting space, lobby and restaurant. The design juxtaposes the nature surrounding the city, and the city itself. The renovation switched restaurants from Boka to All Water Seafood and Oyster Bar.

Media Contact: Sarah Moran; sarah.moran@loewshotels.com

Seattle Marriott Waterfront Opens All-New M Club Lounge

Following its recent opening this summer, new M Club Lounge at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront opened in October 2017, overlooking Elliott Bay. Located on the first floor with indoor and outdoor seating, it is an elevated space for Elite Gold and Platinum Members. There is also a private outdoor patio overlooking the waterfront.

Seattle’s Historic Mayflower Park Hotel Celebrates its 90th Anniversary

First opened on July 16, 1927, the Mayflower Park Hotel is Seattle’s longest continuously running hotel and celebrates its 90th birthday in 2017. On September 29, 2017, the Historic Hotel Awards of Excellence announced the Mayflower Park Hotel as the best Historic Hotel of 2017.

Media contact: Stacia Williams, (206)382-6991, stacia@mayflowerpark.com

Hilton Garden Inn Seattle Downtown Now Open

Just steps from the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) and the upcoming Additional Facility, the Hilton Garden Inn Seattle Downtown is also close to downtown restaurants, shops and attractions. The hotel has 222 well-appointed guest rooms, three meeting rooms (2,000 square feet total) and a saltwater swimming pool.

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport Opens 2017

Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Washington with views of the Seattle skyline and Olympic Mountain Range, this new hotel offers 347 guest rooms and two gorgeous waterfront ballrooms as part of 60,000 square feet of total indoor and outdoor meeting space.

Motif Seattle Completes Renovations Summer 2017

Undergoing a comprehensive $10 million redesign of their 319 guest rooms, Motif Seattle’s renovations include an investment in local art pieces. The new design is a platform for Motif’s Visiting Artist Program where they collaborate with a local artist to design a new motif, which is reflected in the hotel’s stationary, envelopes, guest amenities and more. The new interiors in guest rooms were also designed locally by Seattle design and architecture firm Degen and Degen.

W Bellevue Opened Summer 2017

W Hotels, a brand of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, opened a 245-room hotel in Bellevue, WA, five miles east of Seattle. The new property is located in the Lincoln Square development amid a thriving retail and entertainment district. The hotel occupies the first 13 floors of the 41-story tower, with 231 apartments on the next 28 floors. Some 180,000 square feet of retail will contribute to a $1.2 billion expansion of the Bellevue Collection. The 424-room W Seattle opened in downtown Seattle in 1999 and completed a renovation in 2016.

Hotel Monaco Reopens Sazerac Restaurant with New Name and Concept

The 20-year-old, New Orleans-themed Sazerac restaurant at Hotel Monaco reopened as Outlier in March 2017. Led by Executive Chef Shawn Applin, Outlier’s menu features shareable, seasonally-driven global fare, such as Dungeness crab-stuffed pasta, brick oven pizzas, and black Chile roasted chicken, designed to be paired with cocktails or local brews. The interior has been decorated to reflect fern bars of the 1970s, complete with a newly built back patio space.

Media Contact: Margo Helgen,(206) 516-5049; margo.helgen@kimptonhotels.com

CONVENTION NEWS

Convention Center (WSCC) Plans Additional Facility

The Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) continues to undertake feasibility studies and work on an environmental impact study for an additional convention facility at the King County-owned Metro Transit station, one block from the existing WSCC facility. This site, augmented by certain adjacent properties, could yield an additional facility to the existing WSCC – one large enough to successfully attract the size of national conventions that want to come to Seattle. Seattle’s Pine Street Group has been selected as project manager; together with LMN Architects, they are working on design development for the program spaces and permit approvals. The general contractor is Clark/Lewis, a joint venture of Clark Construction and Lease Crutcher Lewis. The overall development is currently envisioned with up to 255,000 square feet of heavy-load exhibition space on two levels, 120,000 square feet of meeting rooms, a full service kitchen and 60,000 square feet of ballroom, freight loading and support space. If the signs remain positive, project construction groundbreaking is anticipated to start Q2 of 2018, with projected opening in 2021.

Illuminating Public Art at the Washington State Convention Center

The Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) has partnered with a new mobile app STQRY (“pronounced “story”) to showcase its popular public art collection of over 100 works on display. STQRY provides a novel, interactive way for visitors to actively engage with arts, culture, science, and other attractions in their area, and the WSCC is the first convention center to be featured on the app. Using STQRY on a mobile device, visitors can easily locate and explore sculpture, paintings, multimedia, and other works on display at WSCC. Other organizations participating with STQRY include many of WSCC’s art partners such artists, museums, galleries, corporations, foundations, private collectors and the government.

Streetscaping Along Washington State Convention Center Evokes Northwest Woodlands

As part of the Pike/Pine corridor renovation project, the Washington State Convention Center is beautifying the sidewalk along the Pike Street entrance to the building. The addition of high Cascade granite boulders and a vast selection of trees and plants, including Coast Redwood, Sword Fern, Azalea, Wood’s Rose, Wild Ginger, Sweet Woodruff, Trillium, Creeping Mahonia, and Fragrant Sweet Box, among others, are designed to create a stunning aesthetic as well as a safe walking path for pedestrians. A complete lighting upgrade along Pike and Eighth improves visibility for foot traffic. The large scale planters ringed with boulders coupled with giant coniferous trees and understory plants complement cascading granite pavers to evoke a walk in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. The street scape was completed in January 2017.

CRUISE

Port of Seattle Has Biggest Cruise Season to Date

The Port of Seattle recorded 1,071,594 revenue passengers through its cruise terminals in 2017 and expects to surpass this in 2018. Each cruise vessel is estimated to bring in $2.7 million for the local economy, bringing total revenue to the region to over $500 million. The Port saw a 9 percent increase in cruise passengers in 2017. Some 3,700 regional jobs are sustained by the local cruise industry. Seattle Homeport cruise lines in 2017 include Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean.

Media Contact: Peter McGraw, (206) 787-3446; mcgraw.p@portseattle.org

Norwegian Bliss, the West Coast’s Largest Cruise Vessel, Comes to Seattle Home Port in 2018

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) and the Port of Seattle announced that NCL’s newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, will offer seven-day Alaskan cruises from Seattle’s Pier 66 beginning in 2018. The 4,000-passenger Bliss will be the largest cruise vessel on the West Coast and in NCL’s tradition of decorating ship hulls with signature art, the Bliss will feature art from noted wildlife artist Wyland.

TRANSIT

Seattle’s Light Rail System Expands

The University Link extension to Sound Transit’s Link light rail opened March 19, 2016. The 3.1-mile extension includes two new stations in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and at the University of Washington, near Husky Stadium. The University Link extension connects the already 15.6-miles of Link light rail that opened in 2009. Passengers can ride from the University of Washington to downtown Seattle in less than eight minutes, and to Sea-Tac International Airport in less than an hour. This project serves the three largest urban centers in the state of Washington – downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and the University District – bypassing some of the region’s most congested traffic.

Riding Sound Transit’s Link light rail to Sea-Tac International Airport became easier than ever in September 2015. Sound Transit added more trains at peak travel hours to accommodate commuters and guests, with trains now arriving every six minutes between 6:00-8:30 a.m. and 3:00- 6:30 p.m. Trains will continue to arrive at stations approximately every 10 minutes most other hours.

Media Contact: Bruce Gray, Sound Transit, (206) 398-5069; bruce.gray@soundtransit.org

AIR TRANSPORTATION

Thomas Cook Airlines to Launch Flights to Manchester

On May 27, 2018, Thomas Cook Airlines will launch direct seasonal flights to Manchester from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The service will operate twice a week, adding to the expanded Seattle flight offerings by sister airline, Condor, and a mileage plan deal with Alaska Air Group.

Air France to Service Nonstop Flight from Seattle to Paris

Starting March 25, 2018, Air France will launch up to five weekly nonstop service flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The new flight is in addition to the daily Paris flight as a joint venture with Delta Air Lines.

Aeromexico Now Offering Nonstop Flights to Mexico City

Beginning November 1, 2017, AeroMexico, an affiliate of Delta Air Lines, will operate daily nonstop flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Mexico City. This announcement is part of an evolving partnership between AeroMexico and Delta, planning a series of new services and expansion for the rest of 2017.

Delta Adds New Flights from Seattle to Vancouver, BC

Starting summer 2018 Delta Air Lines will add a new route from Seattle to Vancouver BC, this flight will be served daily by Boeing 737-800.

Port of Seattle Welcomes Norwegian service to London – Gatwick

In September 2017, Norwegian airline began service from London’s Gatwick International Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The new flight reflects the expansion of Norwegian to the United States as well as Sea-Tac’s continual international growth.

Eurowings to Offer Flights from Seattle to Cologne

In July 2017, Eurowings launched seasonal flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Cologne, Germany. Eurowings will fly three times a week from July until the end of October 2017, Seattle being one of Eurowings four U.S. destinations.

Delta Air Lines Launches Daily Service Between Seattle and Chicago

On June 19, 2017, Delta Air Lines began operating three daily flights from Sea-Tac International Airport to Chicago-O’Hare International Airport (ORD). The new service reflects the growth of Delta’s Pacific Northwest hub, which serves Seattle customers with more than 160 daily flight options to 50 global destinations this summer.

Condor to Offer New Munich Service

Condor Airlines inaugurates new service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Munich, Germany in July 2017. This adds to Condor’s service expansion from Sea-Tac, which recently extended existing Frankfurt service to year-round flights. Sea-Tac has become Condor’s largest U.S. gateway along with Las Vegas. The Seattle to Munich flights will be Sea-Tac’s only nonstop connection to Munich.

Virgin Atlantic to Launch New Nonstop Seattle Service

Virgin Atlantic Airways began nonstop service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and London-Heathrow March 26, 2017, replacing the existing service offered by its joint venture partner Delta Air Lines. The new service uses a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Sees Record Growth

For the sixth straight year, passenger traffic at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) increased in 2016. With record-setting 45.7 million overall travelers, Sea-Tac passenger levels increased 8 percent, 3.4 million more passengers than in 2015, according to the Port of Seattle. Sea-Tac is now considered the ninth busiest airport in the U.S.

International traffic continues to grow at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac). Since 2005, long-haul international passengers have increased over 120 percent and all international passenger traffic (including Canada and Mexico) has increased more than 77 percent. In 2015, Sea-Tac welcomed more than 4.4 million international passengers. During the past ten years (2006-2016), Sea-Tac has gained 15 new medium- and long-haul international services. Sea-Tac currently has 22 medium- and long-haul international services to 15 destinations, including Amsterdam, Beijing, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Reykjavik, Seoul, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Taipei and Tokyo.

Seattle Airport Infrastructure Growth Continues

Airport projects over the next five years total $1.9 billion, including renovation and expansion of the north satellite, a new International Arrivals Facility, a new centralized, high-efficiency baggage system, and the reconstruction of the center runway (completed in December 2015). Airport officials are considering up to $10 billion on future facility upgrades as part of a Sustainable Airport Master Plan, including an estimated 35 additional gates.

A $636 million modernization of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s North Satellite will include eight new gates with a 240-foot extension of the building to the west, add an upper level mezzanine, more than double the existing dining and retail square footage and offer a rooftop Alaska Airlines lounge with views of the Olympic Mountains. Groundbreaking is scheduled for the first quarter of 2017 with phase one complete in 2019 and the full facility upgrade opening in 2021. The project represents an unprecedented working arrangement between the Port of Seattle, which operates the airport, and Alaska Airlines, Sea-Tac’s largest airline and the sole tenant of the North Satellite.

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