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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15 2014 6:50 p.m. MST

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bshelt
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Please someone tell me why it's going to take almost 10 years to rebuild? With advancements in construction why 10 years? Seems underwhelming.

BYUalum
South Jordan, UT

I would imagine that the air traffic from thousands of LDS missionaries plus all the Church leaders' trips would necessitate the increase. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has to be a huge account for Delta Air Lines!

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

Ten years is probably required to provide funding.

I hope they incorporate four things:
1) Passenger ability to go from Trax to Airline Gates easily without walking a country mile as some folks have limited capacity for long walks in a short time frame;
2) Separate areas for groups to welcome guests, such as returning missionaries, away from the main traffic flow picking up the bags;
3) A couple good restaurants where a family can eat together before one of them catches a flight. Many folks drive a long way to get to this airport and an opportunity to dine together without everyone needing a boarding pass would be superb; and
4) Wide concourses and cross-connectors that are NOT reduced in width by everyone selling trinkets.

Go going.....we need it!! (signed, A Delta Gold Medallion Flyer)

Shamal
Happy Valley, UT

bshelt,
The design looks very similar to the Indianapolis airport which was the first built post 9/11 and most who been through it, rave about it. It was completed in about 4 years because they built it across the runway from the existing airport.
It will take Salt lake 10 years because they are going to rebuild it in place, one piece at a time.

We should be doing this from scratch either north of the current terminal on the Westpoint side or on the northwest side and reclaim a bit more salt marsh. It would be done in half the time and not likely cost more.

Pilot70
Orem, UT

10 years does seem to be a long time. I can think of three reasons why it would take so long:

1. The airport is a huge project. Remember, it will be larger than the current one.
2. An airport is a specialized project. It's not like cranking-out another WalMart. In addition to the buildings themselves, the airport will need to be outfitted with new infrastructure (roads, tech, security, service equipment for aircraft, parking, etc.)
3. They are building it to last. Re-building an airport is a huge investment in time and money. They'll need to get it right, and take the time to get it right. Rush-jobs don't last very long. I imagine they're building this to last many, many decades.
4. They'll have to do it in stages. They can't shut-down the airport for construction. They can't even reduce capacity by very much without ruffling feathers. They'll only be able to do this one piece at a time.

San Diego
Orem, UT

Why didn't the article include a schematic of the new facilities or provide a link for viewing?

Utahnbychoice
Salt Lake, UT

The best part (and maybe the only good part) of the current terminals is the world map mosaic in Terminal One. Because of the silly TSA lines, it's presently under the safety lines as you go in to security. When it was more visible, it was a wonderful reminder of a glorious era in our city's history and in the history of flight.

Sadly, the airport authority can't be bothered to save it or move it. A huge loss for our history.

perspicacious
Salt lake city, Utah

$1.5 billion price tag and we take years of disruptions and end up with two fewer gates than now. What is wrong with this picture?

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

Delta made a brilliant strategic move by establishing a major hub at SLC. ILS Runway 34L is an exceptionally long runway more than capable of handling operations the heaviest commercial aircraft at 4,300 ft elevation on a hot summer day. Further, SLC International Airport has a spotless reputation for not closing due to snow fall. The infrastructure to clear snow on the ramp, taxiways, and runways from both an equipment and personnel perspective is firmly in place and has been for decades. They have the equipment and the know how to get the job done. While other airlines' operations are mired in Chicago and Denver weather, Delta continue flying in and out of SLC reliably.

Delta found a gem that other airlines have overlooked for years and will grow their operation based on the advantages SLC International offers.

SAR84067
Roy, UT

The SLC airport rebuild has been carefully studied for years. The first terminal that they are going to replace is over 30 years old. The airport is receiving funding/grants and since it is part of Salt Lake City (enterprise fund) and the Federal grants they will receive require that all the i's are dotted and t's crossed. There are multiple phases, any of which can be scrapped if funding is not available or demand ceases. Also, there isn't a wide open area that the airport could relocate (similar to Denver) and just rebuild from scratch. They have to rebuild while continuing operations. That being said, it is going to be a boom for SLC and Utah.

A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK

Hmmmmm.....this is good news, for me. I retire from the military in 16 months and am thinking about trying to get hired by Delta. The fact that SLC is a hub for them already and they're planning on expanding is good news for anyone who wants to be based out of SLC.

Cool!

praxis
Salt Lake City, UT

@perspicacious - there has been a shift in design of airports to make them more efficient in moving aircraft. No longer are there "arms" of gates that aircraft have to be maneuvered around, but parallel concourse with aircraft entering on one end to traverse to the gate and then exit out the other end. With this design, you can reduce the number of gates and still support the same and more aircraft due to the increase in efficient aircraft movement.

romeisn'tburning
layton, ut

Why is every comment on here about the airport renovation project? This article is about Delta's plan to expand its operations in SLC. There have been numerous articles about the renovation and the master plan. I'm glad that Delta continues to invest in SLC. SLC needs a major airline invested in our Market. Denver is a United hub, and that isn't likely to change. Phoenix is a US airways hub, also not likely to change. Hopefully, Delta will expand its international flights as well. Our flight to Paris is nice, but Charles De Gaulle is insanity and one of my least favorite airports ever. Maybe a flight to Amsterdam as well, Schiphol is a much easier place to make a connection. I also wish they would have stayed committed to the SLC to Narita flight, I was able to use that flight once it was full both ways, not really sure what happened there. Getting to Asia through Seatac or SFO is a nightmare, they are 2 of the worst airports as far a delays go.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Agree with Rome above...it would be nice to have a different European destination in addition to Charles de Gaulle...Schipol or Frankfurt would be ideal. An Asian destination would also be great, but I'd like to see China instead of Japan...Beijing Capital or Shanghai Pudong. I hate flying east in order to fly west when going to China. I've had to take Delta from Detroit and Minneapolis to get to China before and it's a huge time waster to retrace all those miles.

Dutchman
Murray, UT

From an article date February 22, 2012: Plans call for a construction of a new terminal, with concourses on the east and west sides, and a new parking garage to the south. The new terminal is proposed to be built just west of the existing parking garage, which will allow crews to complete and open that building, along with the west concourse, before tearing down any existing buildings. The new parking garage also would be completed before the existing structure is razed.

Looks like the new airport is being built on existing open space.

BYUalum,

New missionaries will have very little effect on the cause for airport expansion since the Church is expanding mission training centers all over the world not just in Provo. Most missionaries do not even come to Provo anymore.

jaredw007
Salt Lake City, UT

This is good news for SLC. Now what I'm hoping is that they'll soon announce more international flights like a direct flight from SLC to Sydney.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

As smaller and smaller planes,
get further and further distances --

The old "hub and spoke" routes can be replaced with more efficient "Point-to-Point" routes.

The B777-X, B787 and yet to be launched B797 [B787 lite -- smaller single-aisle / midway between 737 and 757],
will all have 12,000+ ranges.

Meaning -- anywhere on the Globe to anywhere on the Globe -- Non-Stop.
[No-more or fewer lay-overs or connections]

Delta used a B777 for the SLC to Paris Flight.
It could also use it for SLC to Cairo, Johannesburg, Sydney, Beijing, or Baghdad.

The only adverse effect is crew rest and passenger comfort for longer flights,
but they are installing sleeping berths available in the upper and lower lobes -- for a price $$$.

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