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Seattle Tacoma International Airport

Airport information
Airport typePublic
OperatorPort of Seattle
ServesSeattle; Tacoma
LocationSeaTac, Washington
Elevation132 m (433 ft)
Passengers31,553,166 (1.04% up from 2009)
Aircraft movements313,954 (1.23% down from 2009)
Air Cargo (metric tons)283,425 (4.92% up from 2009)

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Seattle Tacoma International Airport , also known as "Sea-Tac Airport" or Sea-Tac (c-eniconˈsiːtæk), is located in SeaTac, Washington, United States at the intersections of State Route 518, State Route 99 and State Route 509, about 1.5 mi (2.4 km) west of Interstate 5. It serves Seattle and Tacoma, Washington as well as the rest of western Washington. The airport is the primary hub for Alaska Airlines, whose headquarters is located near the airport, and its regional subsidiary Horizon Air. The airport has service to destinations throughout North America, Europe and East Asia.

"Welcome to Sea-Tac!" says the automated announcement in the airport's parking garage and skyways, using the nickname that residents of the Seattle metropolitan area have given it. The nickname arose before the city of SeaTac, Washington was founded.

In 2010 Sea-Tac served over 31.5 million passengers, making it the 18th busiest airport in the United States. It ranks 25th in total aircraft operations and 19th in total cargo volume.

Seattle is the largest metropolitan area of the United States which does not serve as a hub nor secondary hub (or focus city) for any of the remaining legacy airlines. It is however a hub for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air and the remaining legacy airlines run many flights to their hubs as well as a few non hub destinations from Sea-Tac.

The top five carriers at Sea-Tac in number of passengers carried in 2010 were Alaska Airlines (34.9%), Horizon Air (14.1%), Delta Air Lines (10.9%), Southwest Airlines (8.7%), and United Airlines (6.6%).

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