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SeaTac Breaks Ground on New $766M International Arrivals Facility

Port of Seattle broke ground on a new $766-million International Arrivals Facility (IAF) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. SeaTac officials say the new facility will dramatically improve the experience for international travelers, and better meet the region’s demand for business and tourism-related international service when it opens in 2019.

The 450,000-square-foot, multi-level facility will be built east of the current Concourse A. An iconic aerial walkway, spanning 900 feet across and 85 feet above the existing aircraft taxi lane, will carry arriving international passengers to the Customs and Border Protection inspection services in the new IAF.

The existing 44-year-old facility can’t meet the demand of more than 2,000 passengers per hour during peak. The new IAF will increase capacity to 2,600 passengers per hour, as well as nearly doubling the number of gates capable of serving international wide-body aircraft, and more than doubling the Passport Check positions and kiosks.

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