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Reduction in SLC Airport travelers helps accelerate construction project

Posted at 7:19 AM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 09:24:42-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A big reduction in the number of people traveling by plane is expected to help Salt Lake City International Airport finish its redevelopment program faster and far under budget.

Last year, about 23,000 people boarded flights out of Salt Lake City during Memorial Day weekend. This year, about three to four thousand people are taking flights during the holiday weekend.

With fewer travelers around, the airport could save $200-300 million in the second phase of its redevelopment program.

"With having the ability to move that [second phase] quicker, that definitely is something that we can look at as a positive. Any sort of cost savings is a positive, in our book," said airport spokeswoman Nancy Volmer.

The first phase of Salt Lake City International Airport's redevelopment program is still on schedule to be completed by September 15.

Construction crews recently completed several art installations, gate holding areas, new concession areas and restroom updates.

Meanwhile, airport workers have been working overtime to keep travelers safe by installing hand sanitizing stations and disinfecting the building. Air travelers are encouraged to wear masks to limit the spread of COVID-19.