If you are going to be flying to or through Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC) expect a new and much improved experience. On September 15, 2020, the first phase of a complete airport makeover concluded with the opening of new Concourse A. On that date, Delta Air Lines Flight 2020 became the first flight to depart Salt Lake City’s new airport terminal. The new airport will be complete when new Concourse B opens on October 27, 2020.

This video provides excellent views of magnificent new Concourse A. 

Architectural design and artwork reflect Utah’s natural beauty and diversity.  The Falls, an 80-foot sculpture of light-refracting glass, is a representation of a canyon waterfall.   

The Canyon is a football-field sized work that evokes the slot canyons of southern Utah.

SLC Airport photo

Below is a diagram of the new SLC.  New Concourses A and B are connected by an underground tunnel.  Concourses C, F and G will be demolished.  The runway complex is unchanged.2020-09-18 (5)  

SLC is Delta’s fourth largest hub.  Delta will occupy all 25 gates in Concourse A, including six international gates.  Delta plans to add nonstop (no such thing actually) service to Asia to complement its existing nonstop service between SLC and Europe.   In six weeks, Concourse B will open with 20 gates for Alaska, American, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest and United.  

Delta flyers will love the new Skyclub.  At just over 28,000 square feet, this two-level lounge is Delta’s largest Skyclub.  It offers outstanding features like a fireplace and an outside viewing deck. 

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Delta Skydeck. Rick Egan, Salt Lake Tribune

Final Thoughts

Those who have traveled to some of the outstanding new airports throughout the world know that the U.S. is comparatively airport-challenged. The new Salt Lake City airport is one of several ongoing or planned airport projects that are slowly improving that picture. Once flying returns to normal, I will make an effort to see the new SLC. Will you be flying through Salt Lake City?