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Salt Lake City International Airport serves more than 20 million passengers a year from facilities designed 50 years ago to handle half that many travelers.

A lot has changed since then. We’ve grown into a hub airport, with many flights arriving and leaving around the same time. Security needs are vastly different. We need buildings that meet earthquake-safety standards.

In short, our existing facilities have served us well, but it’s time to make way for the next generation of airport design that addresses the significant factors below:

Replace obsolete facilities

SLC’s facilities have served us well for 50 years, but they’re not efficient for use as a modern hub airport, they’re too small to accommodate passenger needs, and they’re not built to today’s earthquake standards.

Provide flexible, right-sized design for the future

We’ve 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 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.

More efficient

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, baggage claim, etc.


The new building will be designed to high environmental standards and will aim for meeting a LEED Silver rating or better from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Phased implementation

The long-range development schedule for the new terminal provides many decision points for managers to react to changing economic conditions and travel patterns.

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. It will be paid for using a combination of airline and user passenger user fees. The airport has no debt and has been saving money for years; we will pay cash for as much of the project as possible and will receive very favorable borrowing terms for the rest of funds needed because of our excellent credit history.

Maintain partnership with airlines

We have a great partnership with the airlines that serve SLC. Delta, the airport’s largest user, is very supportive of the terminal redevelopment project, as are other airlines.