Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The Salt Lake City International Airport reported record passenger growth from January through December 2017. Passenger counts totaled just under 24.2 million, which is an increase of 4.5 percent.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City International Airport reported record passenger growth from January through December 2017. Passenger counts totaled just under 24.2 million, which is an increase of 4.5 percent.

This is the first time the airport has logged more than 24 million passengers within a 12-month period.

During the 12 months, domestic passengers totaled 23.2 million — an increase of nearly 4 percent — while international passengers totaled 913,628 — an increase of more than 20 percent.

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“This us the second consecutive year of record-breaking passenger growth,” Bill Wyatt, executive director of the Salt Lake City Department of Airports, said in a statement. “This continual increase in passenger numbers demonstrates just one of the reasons why we are in need of a new airport.”

The airport is currently undergoing a $3.6 billion redevelopment, the first phase of which will be completed in 2020. The project is being funded by user fees — primarily from airlines serving the airport — but also parking fees, rental car fees and passenger facility charges. No local tax dollars are being spent on the project.

Today, the airport is the 25th busiest in North America and the 85th busiest in the world. More than 330 flights depart daily to 95 nonstop destinations.