Posted by Kristin Jackson, January 29, 2015, Seattle Times
Sea-Tac Airport handled a record number of passengers last year, nearly 37.5 million, the Port of Seattle said Thursday. That’s a 7.7 percent increase from 2013, making Sea-Tac the fastest-growing large hub airport in the U.S., the port said.
“The total 2014 passenger figure of 37,497,941 beat the previous record set in 2013 of 34,826,741 – an increase of more than 2.6 million passengers,” according to the port. The airport averages about 100,000 passengers a day, roughly the equivalent of Everett’s population.
Twenty-seven new services were added at Sea-Tac in 2014 including five new non-stop routes (to New Orleans, Tampa, Hong Kong, Jackson Hole, and Cancun). Of the 27 new routes, 9 were added by Delta, six by Alaska and one each by Frontier and Southwest.
Domestic traffic rose 7.8 percent in 2014 from the year before; international traffic grew 6.8% compared to 2013, with international passengers increasing by 243,183 to 3,822,548.
The Port of Seattle, which manages the airport, wants to expand Sea-Tac significantly, including the international arrivals area, to cope with the increasing number of passengers; see a Seattle Times article on the airport plans. International travelers arriving at Sea-Tac have had to wait several hours at passport control on occasion in recent years.