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Sea-Tac’s record numbers, expansion plans presented

Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP

– “Seattle-Tacoma airport looks at major expansion”
“About 37 million passengers used the airport in 2014, but officials project that number will grow to 66 million by 2034. The Port of Seattle expects flight levels to increase as well jumping to 540,000 takeoffs and landings per year in 2034, up from 350,000 in 2014.

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is Seattle-Tacoma’s busest (sic) airline, carrying more than half of the airport’s traffic.

Beyond Alaska Air, Delta Air Lines has been expanding rapidly at Seattle. That carrier has moved to turn Seattle into a hub and a gateway for international flights, especially to Asia. But that growth has increasingly put Delta at odds with Alaska Airlines, which for now remains partners with Delta,” quoting Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY.
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– “Big Sea-Tac expansion plans bring big headaches over money, logistics”
“Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is looking at huge expansion options to accommodate the expected boom in passengers over the next 20 years. But designing and funding the projects wont be easy, if Tuesdays meeting about the plans is any indication,” quoting Dominic Gates, Seattle Times aerospace reporter.
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– “Alaska Airlines objects to PFCs for new Seattle arrivals building”
“Alaska Airlines is asking the commission in charge of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) to alter plans to pay for an expanded international arrivals facility mostly with Passenger Facilities Charges (PFCs). It said such a payment structure would disproportionately hurt Alaska while propping up its competitors.

The issue is seen as something of a proxy fight between Alaska and its newest and most fierce competitor in Seattle, Delta Air Lines,” by Brian Sumers, Air Transport World.
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Posted by Steve on February 6, 2015 at 6:56 am | Permalink

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