Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s new $1 billion terminal will undergo a $78 million upgrade just months after it opened its doors to passengers.
The upgrade, which is expected to be completed in 2025, will add new features and amenities to the terminal, including more baggage carousels, a larger security checkpoint area, and expanded dining options.
The terminal, which opened in June 2021, has been praised for its modern design and state-of-the-art technology, including touchless check-in and baggage drops, and an automated baggage handling system.
However, the airport has faced criticism for long wait times at security checkpoints and baggage claims, prompting officials to accelerate the upgrade plans.
The $78 million upgrade will be funded by the Port of Seattle, which operates the airport, and is expected to create hundreds of construction jobs in the region.
Despite the upgrade, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is expected to face increased competition from nearby airports, including Portland International Airport, which is undergoing a major expansion, and Vancouver International Airport, which is planning a new $9.3 billion terminal.
As travel demand continues to rebound following the pandemic, airports across the country are ramping up their services and expanding their facilities to meet the needs of travelers.