Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is better known locally as SeaTac. Built in the 1940’s, it was the primary civilian airport serving Western Washington until very recently.
With the near-collapse of the private airline industry, the NEG has essentially taken over the industry, subsidizing it in a manner similar to the approach taken by Amtrak in the late 20th century. This has had the result of a significantly reduced number of flights – given the reduced number of passengers, this is not a surprise for anyone.
To save money, the NEG uses the (publicly-owned) Boeing Field for most flights to the region, leaving SeaTac to its own devices.
The Port of Seattle had anticipated the switch to Boeing Field, and tried unsuccessfully to sell SeaTac. There were no buyers.
Today, most of the runways are badly degraded, and only the occasional smuggler attempts to fly into (or out of) the airport. The runways have become a popular spot for local teenagers to gather – numerous gaps in the fence that used to keep the general public out allow easy access to the runways and the mostly-abandoned terminals.
There are persistent rumors that something is living in the old airport subway tunnels, but no-one has been able to say just what. Or how it got there.