Commissioner John Creighton Announces Sea-Tac Airport Set Record for Second Straight Year

A record total of passengers spent a record amount of money eating and shopping last year at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

SEATTLE, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- More than 33.2 million passengers passed through Sea-Tac Airport in 2012, the second straight year the airport surpassed its all-time record. International passenger traffic increased 8.8 percent while overall traffic went up 1.2 percent.

Airport concessions business benefitted with a record $180 million in sales, including a record $14 million in duty-free sales.  Sales per boarded passenger rose to $10.91, a six percent increase from 2011.  The Port of Seattle collected $25 million in revenues which go directly back to airport improvements.

"Sea-Tac Airport continues to advance as a leading tourism and business gateway for our entire region," said Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton. "These numbers point out the tremendous value of the airport as an economic engine to bring jobs and continued growth in business and tourism."

The total 2012 passenger figure of 33,223,111 beat the previous record set in 2011 of 32,823,220 – an increase of nearly 400,000 passengers or 1.2 percent.  International passengers increased by more than 263,000 to 3,248,069 or 8.8 percent. These increases came despite a 1.7 percent drop in operations (takeoffs and landings) of 309,597 compared to 314,947 in 2011.

Cargo also saw an increase for the second time in the last three years with a 1.4 percent increase. The 2012 total of 283,500 metric tons is the largest total at Sea-Tac since 2008.

Additional sales details

Anthony's Restaurant, in the airport's Central Terminal, is the highest grossing airport restaurant in North America at $12.8 million in 2012.

Notable product sales totals at Sea-Tac Airport in 2012 included: 

  •  1.7 million bottles of water
  •  230,000 bags of M&Ms
  •  90,000 neck pillows
  •  20,000 copies of "50 Shades of Gray" – the biggest selling book
  •  And nearly 10,000 "Sleepless in Seattle" nightshirt/PJs

For more information visit the statistics page on the Port of Seattle website.​

About Commissioner John Creighton, Seattle

John Creighton was elected to the Seattle Port Commission in 2005 and re-elected in 2009. He served as Port Commission President from 2007-2008, and for the last two years as co-chair of the Commission's Century Agenda committee. The Century Agenda committee has led the development of the Port's 25-year plan to help grow 100,000 new port-related jobs for the Puget Sound region.

John Creighton is a business lawyer who practiced law in Washington, D.C., and overseas in Istanbul, Helsinki and Singapore with the law firm White & Case LLP prior to returning home to Seattle in 2000. He grew up in the eastside suburbs of Seattle, and attended Interlake High School in Bellevue. For more information about Commissioner John Creighton, please visit

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