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Salt Lake to Unveil US’ First New Hub Airport of 21st Century in 2020



WHY IT RATES: Begun back in 2014, Salt Lake City International Airport will unveil the completed first phase of its rebuild next fall with the opening of its South Concourse to serve an increasing volume of domestic and international flights. — Laurie Baratti, TravelPulse Associate Writer

Salt Lake City, Utah is known for its accessibility and the remarkable speed and ease with which visitors can get from the airport to downtown, or onto the ski slopes to click into boots within 90 minutes of touching down on the tarmac. And as soon as next Fall, getting to Utah’s capital city will be even faster, easier and sleeker with the opening of the new airlines/americas-most-connected-airports.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) next September, the first new hub airport to be built in the U.S. in the 21st century.

Salt Lake already offers a rare combination of a dynamic dining and nightlife scene, a thriving downtown arts core with dance, classical music and Broadway-style theater, as well as the Utah Jazz. It’s also just a 40-minute drive from downtown Ski City to Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude, four of the greatest resorts in the country, each one averaging 500 or more inches of “The Greatest Snow On Earth” each winter.

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It’s important to note that Salt Lake City International Airport is not simply being redeveloped. Rather, SLC is in the midst of a complete $3.6-billion rebuild, paid for by the airport’s self-sustaining fund that uses no taxpayer dollars. Developed by the Salt Lake City Department of Airports with a design by HOK architects, Phase One—the South Concourse—is scheduled to open one year from now, on September 15, 2020. Phase Two—the North Concourse—is set to open in 2024.

The new airport promises to be a game-changer for a growing and thriving Salt Lake. Not only will the New SLC offer efficient arrivals and departures, but the expansive, light-filled terminal will also offer dramatic views of the towering Wasatch Mountains, great food and cutting-edge retail, making the airport an extension of the overall Salt Lake, and Utah, experience. And the new Utah Transit Authority TRAX station at the South Concourse terminal will make it a breeze to get into downtown Salt Lake.

SLC currently serves more than 25 million passengers a year, relying on facilities that were designed 50 years ago to serve half as many travelers (yet it still ranks as one of the most on-time airports for arrivals and departures every year). Security requirements have radically changed, buildings must now meet rigorous earthquake safety standards, and SLC has become an increasingly busy hub for both domestic and international flights. The 25.5 million passengers that arrived in 2018 represented a six-percent increase from the year before, with more than one million of those passengers on international flights. International flights are expected to increase and the new facility will have six international gates and an expanded customs area.

The New SLC Airport began redevelopment in July of 2014 and will encompass 296.7 acres, amidst a total acreage of 7,800. The new terminal will have four million square feet of new footage and a 45-foot floor-to-ceiling glass wall with views of the surrounding mountains. It will house both the North Concourse and the South Concourse, which tunnels will connect. The baggage system will be six miles long and each of the 78 gates will have jet bridges, making departures and arrivals much faster. The new parking garage will be the size of three football fields and have 3,600 parking stalls, twice the current number, and all rental car facilities will remain on site.

Dining options at the New SLC will include existing eateries such as Cafe Rio, Market Street Grill, Smashburger and Squatters as well as newcomers like Fillings & Emulsions, Granatos, Pago, Panera Bread, Silver Diner and Shake Shack. All restaurants will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. There will be 29 stores opening in the first phase, including Coach, Frye, King’s English, Hip & Humble and MAC.

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SOURCE: Visit Salt Lake press release.

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Strange Odor at Oakland Airport Sends Travelers to the Hospital



We have seen more issues with strange odors on airplanes in the last year or so than at any time, some so severe they required a diverted landing.

Now comes word that another incident has taken place, only this time it was actually inside the airport.

Four people were taken to local hospitals by the Oakland (Calif.) Fire Department on Tuesday after an unknown substance began giving off a strange odor at Oakland International Airport.

According to Fox News, the odor came from a small box at one of the ticketing counters that is used to discard items that cannot be brought on a plane via carry-on bag – water bottles, bottles of cologne or mouthwash larger than three ounces, etc.

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The airport played it safe and called the fire department, which sent a Hazmat crew according to the NBC TV affiliate in the Bay Area. There was no disruption to airport services, though four people were taken to the hospital to be checked out for precautionary reasons.

This is the latest in a series of numerous reports of odors emanating from a plane or airport just in the last year or so alone, much less beyond that time frame.

Some have been fumes that have forced flights to land.

Some have forced flights to divert to other airports.

Some have been so overwhelming that passengers and crew were hospitalized.

And some have even been visible – if you like your airplane cabin filling with an unknown fog.

The Oakland Fire Dept. is still investigating the cause of the odor.

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