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SEA Opens New Gates in North Satellite

Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA) this week opened two new gates early as part of the airport’s North Satellite improvement project, highlighting a design with open space, natural lights and new restaurants and shops.

The early opening of the two gates will be followed in late June by the opening of 10 more gates, as well as the Marketplace at N with a stage for live performance, a new art installation and open seating with views of the airfield.

Dining and retail options Tundra Taqueria, SEA Roast Coffee House, Pike & Pine and Filson will open this summer.

“The updated North Satellite is going to come as a surprise to long-time travelers, said Ryan Calkins, commissioner for the Port of Seattle, operator of SEA. “What was one once dimly lit with low ceilings and few options is now bright, spacious and welcoming. It’s so nice that you might arrive a little early to enjoy the art, food and other amenities. And the whole experience celebrates the Pacific Northwest and our spectacular surroundings.”

The North Satellite project was originally expected to be completed in Q3 but was pushed up to meet an expected surge in post-pandemic air travel. The completed upgrade boosts the number of gates from 12 to 20 in the North Satellite and triples the amount of dining and retail options.

The facility also features enhanced Wi-Fi, built-in chargers in all seating, a fully integrated pet relief area and other amenities in an iconic building design that evoke the movement of a naturally meandering river.

Funding for the $710 million North Satellite Modernization came from a combination of airline fees, PFC revenues, airport development funds and a contribution from Alaska Airlines to build its lounge and employee spaces.