‘Be A Hero’ for Vacation Journey Season at SEA Airport to Fly by Visitors and Lengthy Strains

Spot Saver expands hours, Central Terminal re-opens, count on congested parking, and arrive early!

There’s a easy strategy to ‘Be A Hero’ in the case of vacation crowds at Seattle-Tacoma Worldwide (SEA) airport – keep away from the congestion and features! It doesn’t take a cape, just a few pre-planning and also you’ll ‘Be A Hero’ to your fellow vacationers or household whereas making it simpler on your self! How, you say?

  • Keep away from the hassles of driving with Sound Transit’s Hyperlink Mild Rail — the best choice out of a visitors jam.
  • Airport parking might be a problem. Take into account various modes of transportation to/from the airport like a taxi or trip share possibility.
  • Swap it as much as Velocity it Up! – Early morning and late night drivers that is for you.  Use the arrivals/decrease degree to drop off within the morning and departures/higher degree to choose up within the night!
  • Use SEA Spot Saver to order your spot within the TSA line – with expanded hours to 10:00 p.m.
  • Strive Order SEA, a cell ordering service for gate supply for meals from all around the airport or choose up so you may seize and go to your gate, and
  • Obtain (or replace!) the flySEA App for dwell checkpoint wait instances. As a bonus, it is also a one-stop useful resource for traveler alerts, parking spot tracker, maps, and extra data

What’s New?

  • The Central Terminal is re-opening! It’s been an extended building run by the pandemic, however you’ll quickly be capable to once more go proper as much as our iconic window wall within the Central Terminal because the renovation challenge takes its subsequent huge step. Extra space, extra tech, extra seating, is all coming. Plus, new eating and retail house is coming quickly as effectively.
  • SEA Spot Saver is a success and we’ve expanded the hours to 10:00 p.m. Beforehand, the superior check-in possibility for safety checkpoint strains was solely accessible in the course of the busiest instances of the day, till 1:00 p.m. Now afternoon and night choices for the free service could make your journey extra predictable and environment friendly till 10:00 p.m. Benefit from it!
  • SEA Airport is encouraging vacationers to assume forward, arrive early, be ready for congestion, and discover methods to make your journey simpler with superior planning.
  • Airport Parking Shall be a Problem — The excellent news is that the brand new automated parking steerage system continues to improve your expertise within the storage with easy-to-use lighting marking accessible/occupied stalls with inexperienced/purple lights. Proper now, 5 of the eight flooring are full with the remainder set to complete by early 2023 and is predicted to chop down the time required to discover a stall by 50 p.c.  Parking availability stays low throughout your complete airport space. Plan as much as 45 minutes to discover a spot on the busiest days. Pre-Booked Parking is restricted, and is already bought out for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. We advocate reserving your parking as early as doable throughout peak intervals. Your finest wager is to seek out alternate methods to get to the airport comparable to public transit, mild rail or trip share!

By The Numbers

Vacation interval passenger numbers are anticipated to get even nearer to pre-pandemic ranges – forecasted to be about 95% of 2019. That may be about 13% above final 12 months.

The busiest days are anticipated to be Wednesday, November 23, with a forecasted 155,000 passengers touring by the airport (departing, arriving, and connecting). The subsequent busiest might be Friday, November 18, projecting 146,000 general passengers by the airport, adopted by Saturday, November 26 with a projected 142,000 vacationers by the airport. Pre-pandemic passenger numbers reached as excessive as 185,000 per day throughout Labor Day weekend in 2019. General, the busiest days to journey are Thursdays and Fridays in addition to Sundays and Mondays, with TSA safety checkpoints busiest at SEA from 5:00 – 10:00 a.m., 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., and 9:00 –11:00 p.m.

SEA’s newest forecasts of passenger numbers for 2022 might be about 11% beneath 2019 ranges with 2023 down 6% and returning to pre-pandemic ranges in 2024. Dig in additional on our Statistics web page.

What’s the Finest Recommendation for Vacationers?

Get right here early! Relying in your wants, it’s possible you’ll want extra time. Be sure you’re on the airport no less than two hours earlier than your boarding time for a home flight and three hours earlier than a global flight

Be prepped along with your airline forward of time! Be sure you test their baggage insurance policies, test in, and have all their apps downloaded for environment friendly journey. See our greatest baggage ideas!

Masks usually are not required on the airport, however extremely really useful by the CDC to put on throughout journey. Verify your vacation spot’s COVID-19 necessities for entry. If wanted XpresCheck has testing accessible on the bags declare degree.

Security First; Keep away from Shoulder Parking — Automobiles are inspired to make use of the brand new reconfigured cellphone lot and keep away from harmful parking alongside the shoulder of the airport drives. Violators might be cited because the Port of Seattle Police are working with the Washington State Patrol for emphasis patrols in the course of the vacation.

Alternate methods to get to SEA Airport

  • Catch a trip with taxis or app-based rideshares like Uber and Lyft, or different modes of  floor transportation
  • Hire your individual trip. All rental automobile firms function at an off-site rental automobile facility the place devoted shuttle buses transport passengers totally free 24-hours-a-day, 12 months a 12 months
  • Pedal energy! Sure, you may even bicycle to the airport with bike racks and two methods to entry the airport on a motorcycle
  • In the event you nonetheless plan to park, count on 45-60 minutes to discover a stall. Off-site parking amenities are additionally anticipated to be very busy or already full
  • In the event you’re selecting up or dropping off family members:

Give me the Traveler Fundamentals

  1. The CDC steerage for vacationers modifications relying in your COVID-19 vaccination standing.  Verify along with your airline for the state or nation the place you propose to journey.
  2. Be prepared for safety checkpoints. SEA and TSA need to enable you transfer by safety checkpoints as shortly as doable. Vacationers are required to take away electronics bigger than a mobile phone from carry-on baggage. Additionally, take away meals and liquids out of your carry-on baggage and put together to carry up your boarding go for overview. You can too see the newest Identification and Documentation Necessities.
  3. Want extra journey hacks? Our Buyer Care group has the perfect recommendation to navigate SEA like a frequent flier.
  4. SEA continues so as to add new providers to make journey extra accessible and enhance the journey expertise past the People with Disabilities Act necessities. Try our SEA Social Story developed for vacationers with sensory sensitivities comparable to autism, but in addition nice general ideas for youths. Study extra about accessibility at SEA. The interactive map on the flySEA App presents accessible route instructions.
  5. Verify with the Metropolis of SeaTac to see if there are any highway building initiatives that may hinder your entry to the airport.


Perry Cooper | Port of Seattle Senior Media Officer
(206) 787-4923 | cooper.p@portseattle.org

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