Facts About Sea-Tac

Even those travelers who fly into and out of Sea-Tac regularly may not realize the scope of the airport’s operations or its economic impact on the region.  The facts below will help give you a better understanding of the airport’s operations and how they benefit our region:

  • The Port of Seattle originally constructed Sea-Tac during World War II.  Civilian operation began in 1946 and the first terminal building was constructed in 1949.
  • Today, Sea-Tac is the 13th busiest airport in the US by passenger volumes, serving 42.3 million in 2015
  • More than 9 million out-of-town visitors arrive via Sea-Tac for business or pleasure trips
  • A little more than 10 percent of Sea-Tac passengers are international flights
  • For the last two years, Sea-Tac has been the fastest growing major airport in the US
  • More than 332,000 metric tons of cargo were shipped through Sea-Tac in 2015
  • Twenty-four airlines flew more than 381,000 aircraft operations in and out of Sea-Tac in 2015
  • More than 18,500 people work at Sea-Tac every day
  • Sea-Tac directly and indirectly generates nearly 172,000 jobs in the region and the state
  • Sea-Tac operations generate more than $6 billion in personal income and $16.3 billion in business revenue annually
  • State and local taxes generated through Sea-Tac’s operations total more than $565 million
  • Sea-Tac’s three runways range in length from 8,500 feet to 11,901 feet
  • Sea-Tac recycles more than 1,705 tons of material each year
  • Sea-Tac is the first North American Airport to receive certification in reducing carbon emissions by the Airport Council International (ACI) Carbon Accreditation Program 

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