Buckle up. Salt Lake City International Airport is undergoing a significant redo. For now, that means navigating orange cones and factoring in a little extra get-to-the-gate travel time. But the future may hold increased access to—you guessed it—the world. “We hope to recruit new air service,” says Nancy Volmer, airport spokeswoman, explaining that the redesign creates the potential for increased flights. “We anticipate additional airlines wanting to serve the SLC market, too.” Nonstops to Oslo? Beijing? Milan? Time will tell.
On tap for 2020: a new terminal (the existing ones will close) with preliminary concourse construction plus a new parking garage with double the spaces of its predecessor. When the dust settles in 2023 (or 2024), one central terminal, designed to accommodate 25 million travelers annually (versus its current capacity for 10 million) will centralize check-in, baggage claim, and security screening and add international gates, shops, retail, restaurants, big art (one piece spans 362 feet), and a Beehive State original: a meet-and-greet arrivals room for returned military and missionaries.