New International Corridor Doubles SEA’s International-Gates in 2021
International flights will soon be cleared for arrival at Concourse A with the International Arrival Facility’s (IAF’s) new International Corridor. Located along the west side of Concourse A, this elevated one-way corridor leads arriving international passengers at A Gates directly to the Grand Hall, for baggage claim and customs processing. This is a major element of the IAF that will allow SEA to operate 20 international-capable gates in 2021. For more inside looks and fun facts, read Five Fast Facts on the International Corridor.
Inside the spacious Grand Hall, new furniture has been delivered and installed for Customs & Border Protection, seven new baggage carousels are assembled, and restroom build out is nearing completion. There is a total of 96 toilets located across the IAF’s 29 restrooms (including nine family and 11 unisex single use restrooms), with amenities such as nursing suites, an adult changing table, and touchless faucets and dispensers.
Looking Ahead: New spaces like the Grand Hall and International Corridor require several activities to prepare both staff and facilities to ensure a successful opening. The Port’s Operational Readiness, Activation, & Transition (ORAT) team will oversee IAF operational trials to validate new systems, equipment, and processes with small groups before opening.