The Port of Seattle wants the public to know how it is planning to cope with growing pains at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
To that end the port, Sea-Tac’s owner this week announced three public meetings to discuss the airport’s proposed Sustainable Airport Master Plan.
The public open houses are set for three dates at three locations:
• March 4, 5 to 7 p.m. Mount Rainier High School, Des Moines.
• March 19, 5 to p.m. Seattle Central Library, WaMu Room.
• April 2, 5 to 7 p.m., Bellevue Public Library.
The plan will serve as a blueprint for how the airport will expand over the next two decades to handle nearly 66 million passengers by 2034. Sea-Tac last year was the nation’s fastest-growing hub airport with 7.7 percent more passengers and 37.5 million users.
The master plan, which the port commission is considering now, will decide how best to cope to with the need for 35 more domestic gates and nine additional international gates in addition to gates already planned as part of the International Arrival Facility expansion and the North Satellite overhaul and extension.
Among the choices are construction of a new north terminal to serve additional gates to be built near the airport’s control tower, further extension of the North Satellite Terminal, the lengthening of the A Concourse or the building of a second South Satellite Terminal.
The plan does not include any provision for more runways beyond the three that now serve the airport.
More information on the master plan is available at: http://bit.ly/airport-master-plan.