About 8 miles west of downtown, the Salt Lake City airport experienced rapid growth in 1984 when competition at the then overcrowded Denver Stapleton Airport prompted Western Airlines to find a new location for an operational hub. Salt Lake City’s airport continued to grow as a hub after Western’s merger with Delta in 1987. From the airport it takes about 15 minutes drive time in normal traffic to reach downtown Salt Lake City.
The passenger complex at Salt Lake City International Airport is made up of two terminals: Terminal 1, which has the A and B concourses, and Terminal 2, which has the C, D and E concourses. All of the concourses are interconnected allowing passengers to connect without exiting the TSA secure area.
The terminal complex area is in the midst of a massive $3.6 billion (cost estimate as of March 2018) reconstruction and expansion project to build a new terminal and concourses, parking facilities and roadways and to demolish the existing terminal. The new facilities are to open in phases starting in 2020 with completion due in 2024. For current updates on ‘The New SLC’ construction project, click here.
Ground transportation choices include taxis, shuttles, limousines and app-based ride services. 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. The maximum fare requirement does not apply app-based ride services. The Green Line of the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) TRAX light rail serves the airport departing about 15-20 minutes to downtown.
Delta Air Lines flights arrive and depart at the B, C, D and E concourses. Connecting passengers can reach all other gates in the terminal on walkways and moving walkways without exiting the TSA secure area. Delta’s check-in counters and baggage claim are in Terminal 2.
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.
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