Yay! for Salt Lake City travelers! Phase One of the new Salt Lake City International airport opens tomorrow, September 15, and officials have found ways to save $300 million and finish the airport two years ahead of schedule-- all thanks to COVID-19.
Officials overseeing the massive rebuild at the Salt Lake City Airport have agreed there is a silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic. What is that silver lining? How about a $300 million savings and a project that will be done two years early?
With travel shrinking dramatically over the past few months because of COVID-19, Bill Wyatt, the airport’s executive director, went to work and came up with a plan to demolish the airport's old facilities sooner. “What we’re proposing to do, instead of keeping old Concourse B and old Concourse C open (during construction), is tear down the existing airport facilities after “The New SLC” phase one is open,” according to Wyatt in a Deseret News article.
The Salt Lake City Department of Airports will be turning out the lights on sections of the original airport on the morning of September 15 as the first phase of “The New SLC” opens its doors. Be on the lookout for locations for passenger departures and arrival locations, parking garages, and economy parking.
Wyatt said Phase Two, which will complete the airport renovation, is now slated to be finished in December 2024 rather than early 2027- two years sooner than originally expected and will shave about $300 million off the $4.1 billion remodel budget.
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