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S.L. draws up airport plans

Renovation will begin next spring and be finished by 2024

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  • mulrich Columbia, SC
    May 21, 2013 5:34 a.m.

    A new airport is great, but the thought of ten years under construction gives me a headache.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    May 21, 2013 7:20 a.m.

    Make it user-friendly for the needs of Utahns as well as travelers passing through.

    1- Have some restaurats (not just bars) that are available to families BEFORE going through security. Persons driving hours to the airport would like to have a meal together before their family member goes through security.

    2- Maintain the correct widths for passengers to negotiate through the terminals without the constant encroachment of some merchant selling trinkets taking the walking space needed for persons to move efficiently.

    3- Get the Delta Gates CLOSER to the TRAX line. Presently the largest carrier is the furtherst away from the train. Not everyone is an athlete and has the ability to walk a 1/4 - 1/2 mile from the train to the gate. Get electric carts to shuttle people to/from the train.

    4- Build a RECEPTION area in each terminal, away from busy pedestrian traffic areas, where large groups can wait for greeting family members, such as returning missionaries.

    %- Get a workable system where the busses in the parking lots don't stop 5 extra times from the last stop to the gates at the terminal---just drive straight there.

    7- More electrical outlets everywhere!

  • dalefarr South Jordan, Utah
    May 21, 2013 9:44 a.m.

    As I understand the proposal the new airport will have two fewer gates than the current one. $2billion seems like a waste of money.

  • Daniel Leifker San Francisco, CA
    May 21, 2013 9:54 a.m.

    I've been at many airports in North America and Europe, and the best ones are sort of like a cross between a public library and a shopping mall: spacious and airy with lots of carrel desks and tables for working, but also many shops and restaurants. The new terminal at SFO is like that and even has a yoga room. Some airports have specially ventilated airside lounges for smokers, which look like milky aquariums with people milling about inside and puffing their cigarettes as fast as they can. But that's probably not a top priority for a new SLC airport.

  • gamer PROVO, UT
    May 21, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    Bout time

  • Article-Reader Spanish Fork, UT
    May 21, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    Dalefarr: While the new airport will have fewer gates, all gates will be able to handle multiple sizes of jets. Whereas at the moment, all of the Skywest gates are made to handle only small aircraft, and not full sized jets. This means that there will be more jet space, but yes, fewer overall gates. Right now the Skywest area is 12 gates squished into the space of 3 regular gates. It will be a major upgrade.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    My favorite airports are small and accessible...think Long Beach. More a combination of an Elementary School with a hanger.

  • Shamal Orlando, FL
    May 21, 2013 10:23 a.m.

    Indianapolis was the first post 9/11 airport built and I hope they use it as a model. Its a gorgeous and very efficient facility. Orlando's airport was designed by Disney imagineers and was especially efficient pre-9/11. Disney knows how to move bodies efficiently. They also do a great parking facility.

  • Shamal Orlando, FL
    May 21, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    Regarding the desire to design the facility to emphasize Utahs natural beauty- Doesn't it do that now as best they can? The artwork lining the walls are of either Utah's unique landscapes, Native American, Olympic or SLC Arts.

    All modern airports I've seen are designed with larger than life windows and I think we can expect at least as much of the natural art as before.
    Is the desire then to promote one of these themes more than the other, or ensure that some other influence doesn't creep in? It doesn't appear that they are pushing for more what is already there.

    Would it be so bad to include some of the cultural emphasis that many of us identify with such as the temples(LDS and Non) that dot the Wasatch Front. Temple Square as the areas most iconic landmark(beyond the church's advertisements to come visit). Pioneer heritage. Families?
    How about a sports hall of fame alcove next to the food court where Steve Young, Karl Malone etc. invite passers by from a life sized flat screen. Heck, Karl Malone can ware his cowboy hat.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    May 21, 2013 10:38 a.m.

    Losing the horseshoe design will make things much more efficient, more gates won't immediately be necessary.

    Long Beach is a great model for more openness.

    Dedicated Intl flight area/terminal would help attract more intl flights.

    Get the trax line all the way to the new terminal. Make the mass transit the easy option and more people will use it.

    More covered parking/efficient garage space.

    All recent construction has been pointed at this new terminal space; the new tower, newer parking and road arrangements have all aimed at more efficient buildings.

    I love the solar/self-sustaining idea

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 21, 2013 10:47 a.m.

    Airports and hospitals are always under construction.

  • Shamal Orlando, FL
    May 21, 2013 11:16 a.m.

    Looking at a map, there is a lot space west and North of the airport. Why not build the new one all at once on the other side of the west runway? It's all salt marsh. The gulls and the brine shrimp won't mind and SLC is not as nutty as San Francisco yet.

    Indianapolis Airport took three years building from scratch. 4-5 years of uninterrupted operation sounds a whole lot better than 10 years of rebuilding in place. It might even cost less.

    With Amazon moving closer to a near-sameday delivery model by building new distribution centers and others like fedex and UPS in tow, the original site could be re-purposed in a number of exciting ways. The east runway could be handed over to the Air Guard, Fedex/UPS and general aviation.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    May 21, 2013 11:31 a.m.

    Two more things:

    Finally get the departing drop off and the arriving pick-up areas for vehicles separated VERTICALLY, not just horizontally. Almost every major airport has departures and ticket counters on one floor, and arrivals and baggage claim on the floor below it. That makes a lot of sense. That also favors efficient rental-car counters and parking structures as well.

    A larger place to wait, with a view of a runway, would also be nice.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    May 21, 2013 11:38 a.m.

    @ USA lover

    You would adore the airports in Wyoming. They have one gate at most, two at others. Hub time is when two flights are in together. But that model doen't fit SLC.

    Now that I've made light of what you said, allow me to agree that an airport, regardless of size, should be accessible. And SLC has given way to shrinking pedestrian circulation space by granting all the merchants permission to encroach into the spaces, just like a shopping mall. Please, QUIT this practice!

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    May 21, 2013 11:40 a.m.

    how about train shuttle (not uta trax) to each terminals so we don't have to walk very far like we get off from trax station today. Or will it be closer together? I have been to Denver airport and they have this shuttle on tracks or was it.

  • Blue AZ Cougar ,
    May 21, 2013 11:57 a.m.

    Ah, Utah, the land of perpetual construction. I can't remember the last time I was in Utah where I didn't have to drive through some MAJOR construction project.

  • Denver2Portland Denver, CO
    May 21, 2013 12:12 p.m.

    "Would it be so bad to include some of the cultural emphasis that many of us identify with such as the temples(LDS and Non) that dot the Wasatch Front. Temple Square as the areas most iconic landmark(beyond the church's advertisements to come visit). Pioneer heritage. Families?"

    That would be a terrible idea. No city airport should advertise or cater to a specific religion. If the SLC airport was owned by the Mormon church that'd be fine, but it's not, so no way to reigious advertisements or things about temples, families, etc. That would be super cheesie and weird. Also see the "SeaTac airport 2006 Christmas Tree incident".

  • Anthony Alpine, UT
    May 21, 2013 12:53 p.m.

    First, let's retain the good: 1. SLC (at least the Southwest Airlines side) has the fastest baggage handling in the world. Often when I get to the carousel, my bags are waiting. 2. Ease and accessibility of the rental cars is superb. The bad: The smoking areas outside are positioned away from the exit doors, but right next to the shuttle bus waiting area. This is the worst arrangement I have seen in any US airport. Passengers, including expectant mothers, are forced to breath second hand smoke while waiting for the shuttle busses to arrive. Please reposition the smoking area away from any area where people must stand and wait. The suggestion to build an entirely new terminal to the west has a lot of merit.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    May 21, 2013 1:13 p.m.

    @Anthony - SWA's baggage seems fast but is really due to the long walk you have from plane to baggage claim.

  • Anthony Alpine, UT
    May 21, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    The Portland Airport advertises that their shops price their goods, including bottled water, the same as stores in town. It was nice to buy water without paying an extra dollar per bottle!

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 21, 2013 1:31 p.m.

    There is wisdom in avoiding debt. This means taking a minimalist or piecemeal approach.

    Yes a new fancy airport and having it all at once would be nice, but avoiding debt and living below our means would be even nicer.

  • Shamal Orlando, FL
    May 21, 2013 2:48 p.m.

    Denver2Portland-
    "That would be super cheesie and weird."
    Cheesie and weird is a matter of opinion I suppose. Some of Utah's cities have been ranked the most family friendly in the country. Maybe some people like cheese.

    Being heavily influenced by religion doesn't render a culture unsuitable for public spaces, offensive or less significant. Would you appose including an architectural gallery because the Salt Lake Temple or Church of the Madeleine were included?
    I may have overlooked something, but I don't recall seeing artwork of temple square anywhere except in advertisements the LDS church pays for. Excluding Salt Lake City's most recognized icon and frequented tourist attraction from a gallery of Utah's tourist attractions seams a bit odd doesn't it?

    A constant stream of teenagers fly into SLC to be trained and then sent across the globe on two year missions. Many, many, many Utahns have had tearful goodbys sending them off and tearful reunions welcoming them back at that airport. Its quite a story and I think most would find some sort of related exhibit more of an interesting way to pass a layover than offensive or exclusive.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2013 3:00 p.m.

    @Shamal
    "Looking at a map, there is a lot space west and North of the airport. Why not build the new one all at once on the other side of the west runway? It's all salt marsh. The gulls and the brine shrimp won't mind and SLC is not as nutty as San Francisco yet. "

    How much of that area was underwater in the high elevation lake years in the 1980s (when lake level peaked at 4211ft elevation) as opposed to the 4196ft it is now? I don't know the answer to that but that would be a relevant issue to take into consideration with regards to expansion in those directions.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2013 3:11 p.m.

    @DEW
    "I have been to Denver airport and they have this shuttle on tracks or was it."

    Denver's airport is way larger, that train runs down a length of 100+ gates, whereas the largest terminal for Salt Lake is what... 25 or so gates? Skip the shuttle and just put in a couple more of those moving walkways like they have connecting the terminals to the parking garage.

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    May 21, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    It's about time for an renovation...the current SLC airport reminds me of a patchwork quilt. San Diego's multi-billion dollar airport update is incredible.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 21, 2013 4:45 p.m.

    Re denver2portland

    The SLC temple is more than a religious building. World wide when people think of it they think of Utah and visa versa.

    Leaving it out of Utah welcoming art would be like China leaving out Buddhist temples or statues in its tourist brochures.

  • kattawn ,
    May 21, 2013 4:50 p.m.

    Work out equipment? Libraries? Seriously? By the time I get up super early, rush to get ready, rush to the airport, rush through security, on very little sleep, the last thing I want to do is work out because I've already had one! Just give me someplace to get some breakfast and wait for the flight - nothing fancy. More sandwich places like Subway or Quiznos would be great. And lower the price of food - that's what you could do for travelers - we've already paid $500+ for a plane ticket!

  • Woogyboo SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 21, 2013 5:19 p.m.

    Salt Lake Airport has the most efficient and fastest bag handling system I have ever experienced. My bag almost always beats me out of the plane when I check. DFW and San Jose are the very worst.

  • snowman Provo, UT
    May 21, 2013 5:23 p.m.

    Ive been to quite a few airports and I think the Denver one is the worst. It really needs to be run better than it is now. I have yet to have a plane leave from denver on time. They have a habit of changing gates right before your flight is supposed to leave. They don't care if you make your connecting flight or not. I've been stranded in Denver.

  • Denver2Portland Denver, CO
    May 21, 2013 6:23 p.m.

    snowman,

    This sounds like the airlines problem, not the Denver airport's problem.

    I actually find Denver to be the best airport in the country. It's lay out is great for aircraft movements and passenger movements.

  • AGF Taylorsville, UT
    May 22, 2013 10:01 a.m.

    If Delta went belly up or pulled out the airport would be left high and dry, the investment wasted. All the eggs are in one basket -- 3/4 at least. --AGF

  • snowman Provo, UT
    May 22, 2013 2:33 p.m.

    Denver2Portland: Denvers airport is a mess. I would rather go to the Minneapolis airport.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 23, 2013 6:35 a.m.

    Re denver2portland

    The SLC temple is more than a religious building. World wide when people think of that temple hey think of Utah and visa versa.

    Leaving it out of Utah welcoming art would be like China leaving out Budahist temples.