Why Rebuild SLC?

Replace obsolete facilities

Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) serves more than 26 million passengers a year in facilities constructed 50 years ago to handle half as many travelers. SLC is now a hub airport with many flights arriving and departing around the same time. Security needs are vastly different from when the airport was originally constructed and buildings no longer meet earthquake safety standards.

In short, though the existing facilities have served the airport well, it’s time to make way for the next generation of airport design.

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Provide flexible, right-sized design for the future

Salt Lake City Department of Airports has spent years assessing the best approach to a flexible design that meets operational needs, user convenience and sustainability. The new terminal will be designed to meet Salt Lake City’s needs for decades to come and be adaptable to the constantly changing aviation industry.

Easy to use

The new terminal will have state-of-the-art functionality and ease-of-use. For example, most up and down movements via escalators and elevators will be eliminated, making the terminal easier and quicker to navigate.

More efficient

The new terminal will eliminate airplane-parking bottlenecks and allow airlines to get their planes back in the air more quickly, which means fewer delays for passengers. A single terminal will eliminate redundant facilities for passenger check-in, security screening and baggage claim.


The terminal has been designed to meet high environmental standards and aims to meet LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Phased implementation

The long-range development schedule for the new facilities provides the airport the flexibility to react to changing economic conditions and travel patterns. The first phase, which opens in 2020, includes a new parking garage, terminal, and the west portion of the South Concourse. The west portion of the North Concourse will open in late 2020.

Maintain competitive cost

SLC is one of the nation’s most cost-effective airports for airline operations. Replacing aging facilities will help keep costs low. No local tax dollars will be used for the project, which will be paid for using a combination of airline and passenger user fees. The airport has no debt and has been saving money for years. Airport cash has been used for about 15 percent of the project. The airport has received favorable borrowing terms for the rest of funds needed because of its excellent credit history.

Maintain partnership with airlines

SLC has a great partnership with the airlines that serve Salt Lake City. Delta Air Lines, the airport’s largest user, is very supportive of the Airport Redevelopment Program, as are other airlines.