Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle unveiled eight new gates, expanded locally-based dining and retail options and the new flagship Alaska Airlines Lounge as part of the $658.3 million North Satellite Modernization Project at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The 255,000-square-foot expansion to the west features open spaces, natural light, views and ample gate seating with easily accessible charging stations. The lounge, the carrier’s third at the airport, covers 15,800 square feet, three times the size of the average lounge, according to Alaska.
It features a spacious bar serving Seattle microbrews, complimentary snacks and coffee beverages prepared by a barista. All operations in the North Satellite will transition to the new section by the end of the month with the original gates closed for renovation over the next two years. Full renovation of the North Satellite will be completed in mid-2021 with double the dining and retail space and 20 gates in total.
The opening of this Seattle lounge follows the recent renovation of Alaska’s Lounges in Los Angeles, Portland and Anchorage, the opening of Alaska’s JFK lounge and the announcement of a new lounge at San Francisco International Airport, which will be the 8th Alaska Lounge when it opens in 2020. In total, Alaska has invested $50 million in its lounge portfolio. Guests can visit by becoming a lounge member, flying first class with Alaska or purchasing a day pass. Passengers receive 50% off a lounge day pass when they pay with an Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card.
Since the acquisition of Virgin America and with the airline’s tremendous growth over the past two years, Alaska has invested $200 million in guest product enhancements including a newly retrofitted Airbus fleetand updated 737-700 cabins, refreshed food and beverage menus with healthier seasonal and local options, satellite Wi-Fi that’s 20 times faster and expanded entertainment to offer the most movies in the sky.