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Jay Evensen: Airport expansion won't make flying any more fun

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  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    July 23, 2014 10:19 a.m.

    It's shortsighted to say that, had the expansion in '96 actually happened, things would be in the same state of traffic we see today. Coupled with the newer, longer runway SLC would have been appealing to other airlines. Airline expansion would have certainly looked at SLC differently had expansion occurred earlier, we see Alaska today expanding its footprint. Who knows how Southwest would have responded had SLC had better facilities. Your point seems valid but we should be careful at condemning past projects and questioning current/future ones, we have limited ability to say that things would really have been worse if expansion had happened. And while a scenario like Pittsburgh is always a possibility there is limited chance for any new airline merger talks with Delta and a smaller west coast airline that would affect SLC in the same way. Please don't scare DN readers where it's not warranted.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    July 23, 2014 1:51 p.m.

    A bigger airport might make SLC big time, but do we really want to be big time?

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    July 23, 2014 5:26 p.m.

    Utah is considered to be a well managed state in part because of its frugality. Let's keep airport spending enough to cover basic needs and no more. What will attract business to Utah is reasonable taxes and fees and quality of life brought about by just enough spending. People who are extravagant in their spending box them self in to high debt payments and little financial freedom.

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    July 24, 2014 9:00 a.m.

    Hopefully the Salt Lake airport terminal will not become the nightmare that is the one at Denver, Colorado, or other horrible big time airports that leave passengers confused, frightened, lost and stressed.