Port of Seattle has broken ground on a new International Arrivals Facility (IAF) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, to improve customer experience and respond to local demand for international service.
Slated to be become operational in the fourth quarter of 2019, the new 450,000 sq ft, multi-level facility will be built to the east of the current Concourse A.
The new facility will feature an aerial walkway, which will span 900ft across and 85ft above the existing aircraft taxi lane.
The aerial walkway will carry arriving overseas passengers from the South Satellite across the top of Concourse A to the Customs and Border Protection inspection services in the new IAF.
A new security corridor along the face of the existing Concourse A will be provided, which will allow eight international wide-body aircraft gates to access directly into the IAF. These gates will also facilitate dual use for domestic flights into Concourse A.
Commissioner of Seattle Port Commission John Creighton said: “Sea-Tac will deliver faster and better service to our international passengers, responding to the region’s demand for business and tourism travel. International travelers tend to stay longer and spend more.
“Through modernization initiatives at the airport, we are supporting a stronger regional economy that creates local opportunities and jobs. The Commission is committed to ensuring local communities and businesses have the best chance to seize those opportunities.”
The project has been designed to achieve LEED V4 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Version 4) Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council.