SEATTLE – The Port of Seattle welcomed Eurowings’ new nonstop seasonal service to Cologne, Germany with the inaugural flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Cologne is Germany’s fourth-largest city and is the center of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan area, home to more than 11 million people.
The Port of Seattle Fire Department greeted the Airbus A-330 with a traditional water cannon salute as it arrived to Sea-Tac Airport. The new, twice-a-week seasonal service features a 310-seat Airbus A330-200 on one of Europe’s leading low-cost airlines.
Eurowings, part of the Lufthansa Group, is a low-cost leisure airline that focuses on providing customers with affordable flights to more than 130 destinations in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Sea-Tac is one of only four Eurowings destinations in the United States.
International Growth at Sea-Tac
Later this year, Sea-Tac Airport will break ground on a new, multi-level, 450,000 square-foot International Arrivals Facility located east of Concourse A. The new IAF will be completed in late 2019.
- In addition to Cologne, Sea-Tac will add new nonstop service to Mexico City and London-Gatwick later this year.
- International passenger traffic is up 12 percent in 2017 compared to 2016.
- Sea-Tac has welcomed six new international airlines since 2016: Aeromexico, Eurowings, Norwegian,Virgin Atlantic, Volaris and Xiamen.
Sea-Tac has set annual passenger records for the past six years, totaling 45.7 million in 2016 - 3.4 million more passengers than in 2015. The 8 percent passenger growth rate is Sea-Tac’s second largest in the past 20 years, only topped by 2015’s 12.9 percent increase. Sea-Tac has been one of the fastest growing large hub airports in the U.S. for the past three years, and is the 9th busiest U.S. airport.