Salt Lake City
Bill Wyatt, formerly the CEO of the Port of Portland, now takes over for Russel Pack, who has been serving as interim executive director since Maureen Riley retired in June.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved Mayor Jackie Biskupski's pick for the new director of the Salt Lake City Department of Airports.

Bill Wyatt, formerly the CEO of the Port of Portland, now takes over for Russel Pack, who has been serving as interim executive director since Maureen Riley retired in June.

Wyatt will be overseeing the $3 billion redevelopment of Salt Lake City International Airport.

When being interviewed by the council Tuesday afternoon, Wyatt called the project an "incredibly ambitious project."

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"$3 billion adds up pretty quickly," he remarked, acknowledging the "challenging" construction climate right now, but he expressed excitement to see the project through.

The reconstruction of the Salt Lake airport is in the middle of its first phase and has seen budget increases because of increasing construction costs. It's slated to be completed in 2024, with two new concourses replacing the three aging terminals with one central terminal building, along with a new public parking garage with twice as many stalls.

Over time, all the existing terminals, parking garages and concourses will be demolished.