(Seattle-December 14, 2011) - Holiday travelers can expect everything from jugglers and a one-man band, to prize winning opportunities and parking discounts at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport this season. Please find below some links to key information and reference material about the airport.
Holiday Traffic Numbers
Is this the busiest time of the year for Sea-Tac Airport? Sorry to say, no. It may be for some airports around the country, but for Sea-Tac, this is not the busiest time of the year. We do expect many travelers, some who may only travel during the holidays, but even the busiest day this season does not equal an average summer day of passenger traffic at Sea-Tac.
Which days are expected to be the busiest at Sea-Tac Airport during this holiday season?
Dec. 22 - 96,000 (projected passengers coming in and out of the airport)
Dec. 23 - 94,000
Dec. 21 - 93,000
Additional Sea-Tac Airport Traffic Notes:
An average summer day (June-August) will see about 100,000 passengers (inbound and outbound) through the airport and is the peak air travel time for Sea-Tac.
In terms of travelers, August is traditionally the busiest month of the year followed by July, June and May (by contrast December is 7th and November 10th).
2011 had the busiest months ever at Sea-Tac for the months of June (3.1 million), July (3.35 million), August (3.37 million) and October (2.6 million).
Sea-Tac Traffic for 2011
Through November, 2011 passenger traffic was up 4.1% compared to 2010 which is ahead of the airport's projection of a 1% increase for the year.
Year-end traffic is now projected to be up 3.5% to 4% over 2010. That would exceed Sea-Tac's highest ever year in passenger traffic, back in 2008 with 32.1 million passengers.
Read more statistical information on Sea-Tac passenger traffic.
Holiday Travel Tips
Find a list of key travel tips for those heading to the airport during the holiday season, from including suggestions on security checkpoints, what to do with gifts, and parking discounts.
Save Up to $10/Day with Discount Airport Parking
Travelers can save as much as $10 per day during the December holiday travel period with discounts at the airport garage. From Dec. 16 to Jan. 2, park at the Sea-Tac Airport garage in General Parking and get $8 off the regular rate! Park in Terminal Direct, the fastest access to the terminal and get $10 off the regular daily rate! Minimum 3-day stay required. In addition, you can take advantage of the special weekly rate of only $99 in General Parking for the same time period. There are no added charges or fees, and no shuttle to slow you down. Download a coupon from the airport website.
Once you get to the airport, what can you expect for the holidays? Check out some options for wrapping gifts post-security and where to find some entertainment while you wait for your flight. Find the schedule for all of the fun!
Wrap Gifts Before You Fly!
Gift wrapping will be provided at two stations. Highline Community College Chorale volunteers will be in the central terminal and Airport Jobs will be on concourse A in the vicinity of the escalators to the south train station.
Play Tag and Win Prizes!
Merchants also have a Microsoft Tag promotion during the holidays where travelers with smartphones can find out about prizes, including Alaska Airline tickets, and store specials when they download an application that reads "tags" with special barcodes. For more information about the merchants at Sea-Tac Airport.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM SEA-TAC AIRPORT PUBLIC RELATIONS!
About Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Operated by the Port of Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA, KSEA) is ranked as the 17th largest U.S. airport, serving more than 31.5 million passengers in 2010. With a regional economic impact of more than $13.2 billion in business revenue, Sea-Tac generates more than 161,000 jobs (89,902 direct jobs) representing more than $2.2 billion in direct earnings and $412.4 million in state and local taxes. Twenty-six airlines serve 75 non-stop domestic destinations and 19 international cities.