Construction of new SLC airport will take a decade

Posted at 7:48 PM, Jan 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-21 21:58:05-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- More than 3,000 people commented on what they want in a new Salt Lake International Airport.

Those wants and wishes were revealed at Salt Lake City Council’s meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Officials with the Department of Airports told the city council they are working on a plan that meets the needs voiced by travelers.

The airport handles about 22 million travelers a year – double what it was built for. Officials say it makes financial sense to build a new airport rather than remodel the current building.

The construction will last a decade.

The plan is to demolish the concourses and three terminals and build a single three-story terminal connected to linear concourses – similar to Denver International Airport.

Some of the wants by travelers were the following:

-Larger windows and natural light

-More access to technology

-Easy walkways from the terminal to a gate

Construction on the rental car facility begins this year.