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26September 2020


The new Salt Lake City International Airport.
  • Salt Lake City International Airport just debuted the first milestone of its reconstruction with a new terminal headhouse and concourse. 

  • Utah-inspired artwork lines the terminal with passengers walking through a red rock canyon to get to their gate.

  • Delta Air Lines passengers are the first to use the new space with the airline also opening its largest SkyClub lounge to mark the occasion.

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Salt Lake City International Airport is in the midst of a $4.1 billion reconstruction that will radically change the airport with a brand-new terminal and two new concourses. Six years following its 2014 groundbreaking, the airport just opened the first part of the new terminal to the public on September 15.

Delta Air Lines passengers were among the first to use the new facility – complete with a new SkyClub – as the carrier is the largest at the airport. With Delta accounting for around 70% of the airport’s daily departures, it’s no surprise that the new terminal layout resembles that of other Delta hubs in Detroit and Atlanta.

Two parallel east-west concourses aim to replace the airport’s current pier layout where concourses radiate from a central terminal, allowing for more gates and less congestion in between concourses. 

The pandemic has been kinder to Salt Lake City as Delta’s gateway to the mountainous region where social distancing is more easily achieved. In October, Salt Lake City International will only see its year-on-year flying reduced by 15%, Travel Weekly reported, while other hubs elsewhere are seeing reductions of nearly 50%.

 Take a closer look at the first phase of the new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Salt Lake City International first announced plans for an overhaul in 2014, replacing its 1950s-era terminal with a new clean-sheet design adjacent to the existing terminal.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Source: Salt Lake City International Airport

Delta Air Lines is the leading carrier in Salt Lake City, having acquired the hub in its 1980s merger with Western Airlines.

Delta Airlines planes are loaded and unloaded at Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City <p class="copyright">Reuters</p>

Delta Airlines planes are loaded and unloaded at Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City <p class="copyright">Reuters</p>

Delta Airlines planes are loaded and unloaded at Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City

Source: LA Times

The hub has grown under Delta with regular non-stop flights to Europe and Asia, while also acting as a gateway to the mountain destinations of the region.

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<p class="copyright">Austin Deppe / Shutterstock.com</p>

Newly-popular vacation spots including Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Bozeman, Montana; and Yellowstone National Park are easily accessible with a connection in Salt Lake City.

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And come winter, the slopes of nearby Park City, Utah will be filled with skiers and snowboarders, out-of-state visitors to which will likely pass through the new airport.

People ski on the slopes of Kanin after the Slovenian government called an official end to the country's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Kanin <p class="copyright">Reuters</p>

People ski on the slopes of Kanin after the Slovenian government called an official end to the country's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Kanin <p class="copyright">Reuters</p>

People ski on the slopes of Kanin after the Slovenian government called an official end to the country’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Kanin

The new design calls for completely new structures and the demolition of the previous terminal.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Two parallel concourses will sit opposite each other separated by a large ramp area for taxiing aircraft.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

It’s quite similar to the layout of other Delta hubs in Atlanta and Detroit, with two taxiways located in between the concourses reducing the opportunity for congestion.

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<p class="copyright">Thomas Barrat / Shutterstock.com</p>

Passengers will arrive and depart from a new 908,000-square-foot headhouse costing $485.8 million.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Source: Salt Lake City International Airport

Departing passengers enter on the building’s top floor where airline check-in counters are located.

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The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

The linear design of the new headhouse replaces its predecessor’s curved design.

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The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Delta is in the launch tenant with American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Frontier Airlines, and Southwest Airlines all moving in when the terminal’s second concourse opens on October 27.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Source: The Points Guy

After checking in, passengers then descend one level into “The Canyon,” an art installation surrounding the central thoroughfare.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Gordon Huether is the artist behind the installation, representing the natural wonders of Utah.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Source: Salt Lake City International Airport

All departing passengers will see the installation as they head towards the security checkpoint while arriving passengers will walk through the center of the canyon en route to the arrivals hall.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Source: Salt Lake City International Airport

It’s the size of a football field spanning nearly the width of the headhouse.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Three lighting schemes also represent different aspects of Utah’s outdoor environment.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

This one represents Utah’s red rocks while others represent alpine peaks and moving water.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

“The Canyon” is just one of many art installations in the airport that give it a local feel.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

The “Column Plates” installation in the arrivals area turns structural infrastructure into art.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Source: Salt Lake City International Airport

They’re also intended to highlight Utah’s outdoor space and the activities that can be found in the state.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

The bases of each are also benches for travelers to rest.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Just beyond the columns is the fireplace-equipped Greeting Room, an arrivals space for visitors to wait for arriving passengers.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Source: The Points Guy

Departing passengers, however, will traverse “The Canyon” until arriving at the state-of-the-art security checkpoint with 16 automated screening lanes.

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The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

The automated system allows for multiple passengers to access bins at once and then returns the bins to the front of the conveyor belt at the end of the process.

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The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

The Canyon then culminates in a large atrium flanked by retail shops and eateries with floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the nearby mountain ranges that surround Salt Lake City.

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The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Concourse A opened first with 25 gates debuting on September 15. The remaining 27 gates will open as the old terminal is demolished and space becomes available.

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The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Source: Salt Lake City International Airport

Once complete, the concourse will span 3,700 feet, making it over half a mile long with moving walkways helping passengers get to their gate.

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The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Source: Salt Lake City International Airport

Each gate will have digital signage to assist with way finding, indicating the airline, flight number, and destination.

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The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Social distancing measures come standard in the new terminal including plexiglass partitions at gates and ticket counters.

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The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Seats in the concourse will also come with cupholders, USB charging ports, and 110v AC power outlets.

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The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Source: The Points Guy

Every other seat will also be blocked off for social distancing purposes.

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The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Source: The Points Guy

The artwork also continues into the terminal with additional pieces hovering over the wide walkways found in the concourse.

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The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Even bathrooms have their own unique designs.

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The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

The last piece of art that arriving passengers will likely see is “The Falls,” which spans the length of an escalator shaft in the headhouse.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

The three-story feature uses dichroic glass and natural to create visual effects for the viewer.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Stuart Ruckman Photography</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Source: Salt Lake City International Airport

As the largest occupant, Delta also built a new SkyClub lounge for the terminal to entertain premium passengers.

The Delta Sky Club at the new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Delta Air Lines</p>

The Delta Sky Club at the new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Delta Air Lines</p>

The Delta Sky Club at the new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Source: Delta Air Lines

It’s the largest SkyClub in Delta’s network boasting over 28,000 square feet of space with two full-service bars.

The Delta Sky Club at the new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Delta Air Lines</p>

The Delta Sky Club at the new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Delta Air Lines</p>

The Delta Sky Club at the new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Source: Delta Air Lines

Much like the terminal below, the lounge’s Utah-inspired design and artwork also evoke a sense of place, even if just passing through on a layover.

The Delta Sky Club at the new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Delta Air Lines</p>

The Delta Sky Club at the new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Delta Air Lines</p>

The Delta Sky Club at the new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Source: Delta Air Lines

And a 360-degree fireplace also keeps them warm.

The Delta Sky Club at the new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Delta Air Lines</p>

The Delta Sky Club at the new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Delta Air Lines</p>

The Delta Sky Club at the new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Source: Delta Air Lines

The completed terminal will be able to house 34 million passengers and span 2.6 million square feet.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Source: Salt Lake City International Airport

Joining the two concourses will be a 990-foot connector tunnel below the tarmac and also fitted with art installations, similar to ones in Detroit and Chicago.

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport. <p class="copyright">Salt Lake City International Airport</p>

The new Salt Lake City International Airport.

Source: Salt Lake City International Airport

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