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Sea-Tac Airport traffic increased by 278% over a year ago, but was 59% lower from 2019 until COVID

A sure sign that everything is normal. Long lines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The average number of passengers checked by the Transportation Safety Board (TSA) during the week of March 21 was 26,000, which is 278% more than the same period last year, according to statistics from the SEA Airport.

“Last year, the number of passengers traveling by Sea-Tac was dead,” said Perry Cooper, Seattle Port’s chief media officer, adding that only 2,500 passed through the airport in one day.

And yet, this year the number was still 59% lower than it was at the same time in 2019, before the epidemic hit և people were traveling to ատ Spring Vacation.

“We’ve seen each of the last few weeks grow on an average daily basis,” Cooper said.

(In 2019, 51 million passengers passed through the airport, an average of 140,000 per day).

“What we’ve seen here in the last few weeks is an increase in Spring break, which is typical,” Cooper said, noting that Tacoma, Kent, Auburn and Everett school districts are closed this week.

“Next week, April 12, Seattle և Bellue School District will be on Spring Break,” which will be the busiest week of the month, “Cooper said.

On Monday, the day after Easter, SeaTac passengers encountered long queues for the first time in a year. “One-time,” said Cooper, “that the staff did not expect it to happen, especially so quickly.”

“It always happens to us,” he said. “We encourage everyone to have a great day, we do a good job preparing for it. And then one day, which we did not expect, turns out to be one-time. It was just a peak day.

“As we have seen more vaccinations, more comfortable people, more flight readiness, we expect the numbers to increase,” he said. “But no one is sure when that will happen.”

During the summer months of June-August, an average of 70,000 passengers pass through Sea-Tac per day.

The airport will open its first XpresCheck coronavirus testing facility on the West Coast on Wednesday. Pre-insurance located near the carousel 9 Pre-insurance at the level of the trunk requirement will be able to conduct more than 500 tests per day, including the rapid molecular coronavirus և Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people who are not fully vaccinated to avoid unnecessary travel. The agency’s guideline states that vaccinated people can travel to the United States without being tested or quarantined. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Valensky, however, warned that he would “generally oppose travel” given the growing number of infections.


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