SEA-TAC CELEBRATES FIRST PHASE OPENING OF NEW NORTH SATELLITE
Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle are celebrating the completion of the first phase of the North Satellite Modernization Project at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
According to the airport, the new-look satellite will bring “an elevated travel experience to passengers flying in and out of the modern and expanded facility”.
As part of the $658.3 million project, the Port and Alaska unveiled eight new gates, expanded locally-based dining and retail options and the brand-new, flagship Alaska Airlines Lounge to community and business leaders.
“The old North Satellite worked for 45 years and worked well, but it’s become a living time capsule. We are now headed into the future with a stunning facility that improves the passenger experience with more space, light, and services,” remarked Port of Seattle Commission president, Stephanie Bowman.
“Built by Pacific Northwest businesses and residents, this project brings economic opportunities in construction as well as for airport dining and retail businesses, including small, local and disadvantaged entrepreneurs.”
“Alaska, Seattle’s hometown airline, is a perfect partner to grow with Sea-Tac.”
Yesterday marked the completion of the 255,000 square-foot expansion to the west featuring open spaces, natural light, incredible views and ample gate seating with easily accessible charging stations.
Passengers will have access to new restaurants and services inspired by the best of the Northwest, including family-owned Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen, Seattle’s beloved Skillet, locally owned Caffe D’Arte and travel retailer, The New Stand.
A brand-new Nursing Suite on the upper-level mezzanine will soon open for traveling mothers and be fully operational in early August.
With spa-inspired design and high-end finishes, Sea-Tac Airport is among the first airports to offer a nursing suite of this caliber to multiple users. There are three curtained alcoves for privacy, a lounge with comfy seating, stroller storage, charging stations, a restroom, multiple sinks and ample counterspace.
“Alaska is dedicated to our guests and to our hometown, and as Sea-Tac’s largest airline we are proud to invest in this global hub for air travel through efforts like the North Satellite Modernization Project,” procliamed the airline’s chief commercial officer, Andrew Harrison.
“This type of smart growth sets a new standard, and will redefine Alaska’s guest experience from start to finish.
“To the hundreds of Port of Seattle and Alaska employees, and the construction and design partners who built our lounge and this state-of-the-art terminal, thank you.”
Alaska opened the doors to its new flagship lounge in the North Satellite, the airline’s third at Sea-Tac, to a crowd of frequent flyers, partners and community and business leaders.
At 15,800 square feet, the lounge is three times the size of the average lounge and features stunning views of the airfield, Olympic Mountains and downtown Seattle. The Lounge is officially open to the public as of July 12.