The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport opened its doors yesterday to a revamped version of its North Satellite to select passengers and guests.
Updates include new gates, open space, natural light, additional restaurants and shops, art, and more.
The preview event this week was part of a phased reopening that will ultimately modernize and renovate the original building, per a release from the Port of Seattle.
“The updated North Satellite is going to come as a surprise to long-time travelers. What was once dimly lit with low ceilings and few options is now bright, spacious, and welcoming,” said Port of Seattle commissioner Ryan Calkins in a prepared statement. “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.”
According to the release, passengers will have full access to 10 additional gates by the end of June. Although it was originally anticipated to open in the third quarter of 2021, the airport and its partners are working to ensure the North Satellite facilities will be ready as soon as possible due to increasing travel demand, according to the release.
Funding for the renovation project comes from airline fees, the Airport Development Fund, and Passenger Facility revenues, according to the release. No Port of Seattle taxes are going toward the project.