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 $$$.
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.
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.
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.
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.
@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.
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!
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.
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.
$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?
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.
Why didn't the article include a schematic of the new facilities or provide
a link for viewing?
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.
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.
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; and4) 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)
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!
Please someone tell me why it's going to take almost 10 years to rebuild?
With advancements in construction why 10 years? Seems underwhelming.