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Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

3920 W. Terminal Drive (Note: Google satellite image still shows the old terminal complex to the right of the new terminal.)

Salt Lake City’s airport experienced rapid growth in 1984 when Western Airlines relocated its operational hub there from the then overcrowded Denver Stapleton Airport. Western and Delta merged in 1987 and SLC continued to grow as a hub for the combined airlines. Delta now accounts for more than 60% of the airport’s total passengers with about 60% of those passengers making connections. For those not making connections, the airport is 8 miles, or about 15 minutes drive time, west of downtown Salt Lake City off Interstate 80.

Salt Lake City International Airport Terminal
Completed and open portions of the new terminal at Salt Lake City International Airport are shown in blue, along with approximate walking travel times. The South Concourse has the A gates and the North Concourse has the B gates. (Diagram courtesy Salt Lake City Department of Airports)

Salt Lake City International Airport has begun opening a new $4.1 billion passenger terminal constructed in place of the previous terminal. The new facilities have a single central terminal containing check-in and baggage claim for all airlines. Airline flights arrive and depart from two linear concourses.

Currently, the A gates are being used exclusively by Delta Air Lines. The B gates are used for Alaska, American, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, United and some Delta flights. The airport has information about navigating the new terminal here.

Construction is continuing on a second phase to add 22 gates to the east portion of Concourse A, scheduled open in May 2023, and 11 gates to Concourse B, scheduled to open in 2024.

For current updates on ‘The New SLC’ construction project, click here.

Ground transportation choices at SLC include taxis, shuttles, limousines and app-based ride services, all of which can be met outside baggage claim on the ground level. Except for app-based rides, fares from the airport to points within the Salt Lake City limits are capped at no more than $25 to the 500 east block and $30 east of that. An additional $5 per passenger can be charged for more than two passengers. Fares are not regulated outside the Salt Lake City limits and should be negotiated beforehand.

Rental car companies are in the Gateway Center adjacent to the parking garage and accessible from the terminal by using one of the two bridges in the baggage claim area.

Public transportation is available on the Utah Transit Authority’s TRAX light rail but the airport station is closed for construction until November 2021. A shuttle from the lower level of the terminal takes passengers to a temporary station. The TRAX Green Line operates at 15-minute intervals on weekdays and 30-minute intervals on weekends with a scheduled travel time to downtown of about 15 minutes and to the Central Pointe station is 30 minutes. UTA says riders should plan on an extra 15-30 minutes to use the temporary shuttle.

To/From Tucson Connections

Most Delta Air Lines flights arrive and depart SLC at the A gates on the new south concourse but some use the B gates until the east side of Concourse A is completed. An underground tunnel connects the two concourses so connecting passengers can reach all other airline gates without exiting the TSA secure area. As noted on the terminal map on this page, the walk between the central terminal and some of the B gates can take more than 20 minutes. During construction a temporary shuttle bus operates between the central terminal and the B gates.

Salt Lake City Airport website

See Salt Lake

Between the Rocky Mountains and the Great Basin, the Salt Lake Valley is a destination for outdoor activities, especially winter skiing. It is also home to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Visit Salt Lake has a travel planner here.

Did You Know …

The world’s first Kentucky Fried Chicken is in Salt Lake City

While Harland Sanders perfected his chicken recipe using 11 secret spices and a pressure cooker at his restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky, it wasn’t until he met Pete and Arline Harman at a 1951 restaurant convention in Chicago that the notion of franchising began to unfold. The next year Sanders came to Salt Lake City and cooked the Harmans his chicken recipe in the kitchen of their restaurant. Based on his wife Arline’s reaction, Harman knew the chicken could be the specialty item he was looking to sell in his restaurant. They came up with the name Kentucky Fried Chicken and tapped into Sanders being named an honorary Kentucky Colonel by the state’s governor. Harman even came up with the slogan “Finger Lickin’ Good.” The restaurant opened in August 1952 selling three-piece chicken dinners with fries and a biscuit for $1 each. Later, Harman hit on another success when he bought 500 paper buckets as a favor. He put 14 pieces of chicken in each along with five biscuits and some mashed potatoes and gravy and sold them for $3.50 apiece. The original restaurant at 3890 S. State St. was torn down in 2004 and has been replaced by the more typical modern version of a KFC. But a sign outside still marks Harman Cafe and features a likeness of Colonel Sanders and inside there is memorabilia, including one of Sanders white suits.

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7250 South Tucson Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85756
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