Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, better known as Sea-Tac, has long been the main hub for Alaska Airlines and a gateway for numerous flights across the Pacific. However, since 2011, Delta has been steadily building Sea-Tac into one of its most important gateways, creating an intense competition with its former partner, Alaska. Sea-Tac now has service from a dozen international airlines with routes to Mexico, Asia, Europe and the Middle East and annually sets records for increases and passenger count.
Getting Around: Connecting at Sea-Tac is generally quick and easy. There is one main, X-shaped terminal, consisting of four concourses (A through D) plus two satellite terminals (North and South). A 3-stop train loop connects the South Satellite with A and B, and a separate train connects the North Satellite with C and D. Alaska Airlines occupy the North Satellite, along with C and D (which is also home to American). Delta operates from A, B and the South Satellite. All international airlines use the South Satellite with the rest of the domestic airlines operate from the A gates.
Relaxing: This section of our airport reports generally avoids featuring airline lounges, but Delta’s new Sky Club near gate A1 is worth a mention. It is bright and stylish, while functional. It features a multitude of seating choices beyond the standard, including couches, common use tables and work pods with laptop-trays. There are power and USB ports at almost every seating location through the club. The lounge also has a large glass wall providing lots of natural light and great views of both airport operations, and Mount Rainier in the background.
Dining:The main food court is in the center of the terminal, with a selection of both fast-food and sit-down options. Local fish and chips favorite Ivar’s is available there – we like the halibut, but have never been disappointed with any of the choices. For a more refined dining experience, Anthony’s Restaurant specializes in oysters and has a respectable selection of Pacific Northwest wine and microbrews.