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.
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 are made up of a single central terminal containing check-in and baggage claim for all airlines.
Flights arrive and depart from two linear concourses. Concourse A is being used exclusively by Delta Air Lines. Concourse B is used by 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 and 11 gates to Concourse B over what was the old terminal.
Originally planned for completion in 2024, the airport is using reduced passenger demand caused by COVID-19 to finish the project by as much as two years earlier and, in the process, save $300 million in construction costs.
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. 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. Public transportation is available on the Utah Transit Authority’s TRAX light rail but the airport station is closed for construction until July 2021. A temporary shuttle from the lower level of the terminal takes passengers to the 1940 West North Temple 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 shuttle.
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.
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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