Germany’s Lufthansa Group will become the 12th new international airline since 2016 to launch service at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) when it unveils its new nonstop service between Seattle and Munich in June 2020.
Munich is home to BMW, Siemens and of Microsoft’s operations in Germany. Lufthansa will start its new service offering flights six days a week in the summer via a 293-seat A350-900 (schedule here).
“Munich’s thriving technology, aerospace, and biotech industries are the perfect fit for the Puget Sound’s economy,” says Port of Seattle Commission President Stephanie Bowman. “That’s just one of the reasons why we are so excited about this new service as well as providing another choice for regional travelers in their connections around the globe.”
Sea-Tac ranks as the 8th busiest airport in the nation, with 49.8 million passengers served in 2018 ― the eighth straight year of record passenger numbers. International flights accounted for some 5.4 million of those passengers, up nearly 6% year over year.
Lufthansa brings Sea-Tac’s list of new international services added since 2016 to 13, via 12 foreign airlines and one domestic carrier. Japan Airlines returned to Seattle this year after more than a quarter century and began offering daily nonstop service between Tokyo-Narita and Sea-Tac airports this past spring.
Also, Cathay Pacific Airways began service from Seattle around the same time for the first time and now offers nonstop service between Hong Kong International and Sea-Tac airports. Also, Singapore Airlines will launch nonstop service to Singapore in September 2019.
In addition, Delta Airlines on April 1 this year launched seasonal daily nonstop service between Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan, and Sea-Tac ― a route it had previously run until 2013. More information on the Japan, Cathay Pacific and Delta flight schedules can be found here.
Sea-Tac also added three new international airlines to its lineup last year, Air France, Aer Lingus and Thomas Cook; three in 2017, with Virgin Atlantic, AeroMexico and Norwegian; and two in 2016, Volaris and Xiamen. The Port of Seattle, which oversees Sea-Tac estimates that each new international flight creates about $74 million in economic activity in the Puget Sound region.
Next year, the Port of Seattle plans to open the $968 million International Arrivals Facility, a 450,000-square-foot, multilevel building that will expand the number of gates at Sea-Tac that can accommodate international wide-body airplanes from 12 to 20. The new facility is projected to support some 10,600 jobs, including 500 jobs daily during the peak construction period.