Sea-Tac Airport’s new international arrivals facility begins phased opening in April

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will begin a phased opening of its new international arrivals facility on April 19.

According to the announcement from the Port of Seattle, the new facility will begin serving a limited number of inbound flights on a trial basis.

“From the week of April 19, a limited number of international flights arriving between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. will disembark from Gates A to the IAF via a new international security corridor. This allows eight A Concourse gates to be used for domestic or international flights. -robbery of bodies, with direct access to the IAF,” officials wrote in a press release.

The new extension has been built to improve the experience for international passengers and will include:

  • Large 450,000 square foot lobby for baggage claim and customs processing
  • 85-foot-tall overhead walkway that will connect passengers from the South Satellite directly to the Grand Concourse
  • New international corridor connecting international passengers arriving at Concourse A

Starting in early May, the airport will extend its trial period to include flights from the S Concourse. Passengers arriving overseas from the S Gates will use an 85-foot-tall overhead walkway to cross a lane of active traffic and enter the Great Hall for customs processing and baggage claim.

All arriving flights will begin using the new facility on May 10.

“We only have one chance to create a first impression, and we want it to say what this country and this region is about,” said SEA chief executive Lance Lyttle. “The IAF reinforces our commitment to incredible, innovative and intuitive customer experiences. Upon entering the United States, you will soon be greeted with an amazing facility and experience.”

After the March reveal, Port of Seattle spokesman Perry Cooper spoke to FOX 13 Morning News about the improvements.

“It will be a huge difference. The spectacular views, the size,” he said. “And also the idea is how fast you need to go and reduce those connection times for people who go somewhere else.”

“It’s a unique structure,” Perry said.

The Port of Seattle said its existing facilities, which were built in the 1970s, cannot meet Seattle’s growing demand for international travel.

SEA Airport offers non-stop flights to 23 international destinations, including seven new destinations announced since 2020.

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