Whether traveling or just dropping off a passenger, visitors to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport likely have noticed the abundance of construction going on across the facility.

Five gates in the new North Satellite Moderinization Project opened on Jan. 23, 2019. (Courtesy Port of Seattle/Don Wilson)

There’s the Central Terminal Renovation Project which will add more than 10,000 square feet of dining and retail space complete with a second floor of restaurants, family-friendly seating, and charging stations. Also underway is the airport’s new International Arrivals Facility, which will include state-of-the-art biometric recognition stations and a massive sky bridge tall enough for an aircraft to pass underfoot. Work also is being done to create an updated internal baggage processing system.

While these projects are in varying degrees of completeness, the modernization project of Sea-Tac’s dated North Satellite is progressing with the opening of its five new gates. The gates, which opened this week, are the first of several sections of the satellite to open in the coming months. Some concessions are expected to open in February and March followed by more gates and a flagship Alaska Airlines Lounge expected to open in the summer.

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(Courtesy Port of Seattle/Don Wilson)

Sea-Tac Managing Director Lance Lyttle said this is just the first phase of the project, which will allow the airport to continue renovating the satellite’s 1970s-era appearance to a more modern look and feel while also keeping gates open for travelers.

“We could take the entire building and just renovate the entire thing which would be very efficient, however, we would lose gates,” Lyttle said in a statement. “That is a major limitation that we have now, we do not have enough gates, so we are phasing the project so that we are minimizing the gates we lose at any one point in time.”

The full project will continue into 2021. For more information, visit the Port of Seattle online.