Making the most of pandemic-driven downtime, Sea-Tac focused its attention on renovating its North Satellite. Now open, ahead of schedule and under budget, it is full of clever innovation, explains Keri Allan
Since Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s (Sea-Tac) North Satellite opened in 1973, passenger volumes have increased tenfold and, in the last five years, the gateway has been one of the fastest-growing in the US, handling more than 40 million travellers annually.
To meet the demands of rising footfall in what is one of the US’ smaller airport buildings, it became necessary to renovate and expand the North Satellite, but without affecting normal operations. “The hardest thing to do at Sea-Tac is both running and building it at the same time. We need every gate we have,” Ken Warren, capital programme leader at the airport’s operator, Port of Seattle, told Airports of the World.