Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

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There are several airports in the Seattle area, but “Sea-Tac” as its called is the largest one. Unfortunately it does not have any sort of official viewing area – it was closed a couple years ago to make way for a new runway.
There are two spots where you can watch planes around the Seattle airport. S. 188th Street actually goes under runway 16L/34R and you can pull off on the shoulder after the runway bridge. If planes are landing to the north you’ll see them fairly close especially on approach to the west runway (16R/34L) as they will fly over this street. I did not encounter problems with police while doing this.
The other area is best if planes are landing to the south (runways 16L & 16R) and is the parking lot of a waste water treatment plant located next to the Seattle Airport Employee Parking Lot. It is located off of 24th Ave. South and S. 146th St. as shown on the map.
Because this is Seattle’s main airport the traffic variety is good. The dominant airline here by far is Alaska Airlines and its regional affiliate Horizon Air, followed by Delta and Southwest. You’ll also see most other major U.S. airlines at this airport. The Sea-Tac airport has a large number of foreign airlines operating on a daily basis both from Asia and Europe: ANA, Asiana, Korean Airlines, Icelandair, Lufthansa, British Airways, Emirates, EVA Air, and others. With such a good variety its a shame they didn’t build some sort of observation area for enthusiasts.

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