Why Rebuild SLC?
Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) serves more than 24 million passengers a year in facilities constructed 50 years ago to handle half as many travelers. The Airport 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.
Replace obsolete facilities
Salt Lake City International as we know it today has served the community well for 50 years, but is not efficient for use as a modern hub airport. Facilities are too small to accommodate passenger needs and they’re not built to today’s earthquake standards.
Provide flexible, right-sized design for the future
The Airport 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 building 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.
The new terminal will eliminate airplane-parking bottlenecks and allow airlines to get their planes back in the air more quickly, meaning fewer delays for passengers. A single terminal will eliminate redundant facilities for passenger check-in, security screening and baggage claim.
The new building has been designed to high environmental standards and the Airport is aiming to meet LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.
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, opening in 2020, includes a new parking garage, central terminal, and the west portion of the South Concourse. The west portion of the North Concourse will open in early 2021.
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. Instead it is being 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 will be used for as much of the project as possible and the Airport has received favorable borrowing terms for the rest of funds needed because of its excellent credit history.
Maintain partnership with airlines
The Airport has a great partnership with the airlines that serve SLC. Delta Air Lines, the airport’s largest user, is very supportive of the Airport Redevelopment Program, as are other airlines.