SeaTac >Sea Tac International Airport
Well-run and convenient despite ongoing expansion..
Sea-Tac is a half-hour car ride (13 miles) from downtown. With 28 million passengers per year, it's our nation's 17th busiest airport. Expect one constant between now and 2010: change. A multifaceted improvement project will mean roving construction zones and detours. Eventual payoff: a dramatically improved main terminal, more gates at the six other terminals, meeting facilities and a long sought-after (and hotly debated) third runway.
The Pacific Marketplace offers a dazzling array of gourmet food, including Kathy Casey's Dish D'Lish, Ivar's Seafood Bar, Pallino Pastaria and Qdoba Mexican Grill. Shopping has also moved in, including Borders books, Fireworks gift items and a National Geographic store. Coffee shops are plentiful. Business travelers love Laptop Lane (North Satellite), where they get Internet hookups and other office amenities. The road-weary pop into the Massage Bar (Concourse C, North Satellite). Parking in the airport garage (short- and long-term) is plentiful.
Renovations!. Seatac International Airport, is not a bad one, but is also not a great one. There has been a huge renovation project that will be completed in 2010. Once this is done, it should be very nice!
Boring!. The layout is poor (too many passenger bottlenecks), the over-night parking expensive, it appears old and the flooring looks like it's straight out a fifth grade class room. Who ever decided that earth tones made sense with all of the grey in the skies of Seattle should have their head examined. The restaurants are bland, the gift shops mediocre but there are a variety coffee shops everywhere. So for caffeine freaks, this place is great. I've certainly seen worse than Sea-Tac (JFK, Midway, etc.) but it could be so much better. Hopefully the expansion will improve the place because as it stands today...none of the charm and beauty of the Northwest lives in this airport.
Functional airport. This airport is a mess. Imagine coming off a 6hr flight from the east coast only to find out that you have to take a METRO bus to the main terminal. The layout is terrible. When you return a rental car, the bridge takes you to the far end of the airport (bridge should be in the middle). I hope you are not flying United. The only cool thing about this airport is that it is better than BWI (worst airpot..period) and that it leads to the coolest city. But, who cares how bad this airport is...as long as you arrive safely. Also it is the only one in town. Also security lines were brisk and it was easy to navigate out to the highway.
Needs an Upgrade...fast. I have flown in/out of Seattle twice in the last 13 years. It is safe to say SeaTac has NOT CHANGED AT ALL in that time except there is now more construction. This airport is far too cramped for the traffic it carries. Lines are horrendous (2 hours at the United Check in counter), limited facililties and nothing at all for kids. Frustrating given that fares to Seattle are generally the lowest in the Northwest.
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