This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. An astounding twenty-two point three million passengers flew through Salt Lake last year. Bill Wyatt is the executive director at the airport and shares a bit of its history and vision for the future.
Utah is fortunate that in 1996, visionary leaders laid out plans for a new airport for Salt Lake City. It’s been nearly two years since we opened Phase 1 and construction continues at a fast pace.
Phase 2 is scheduled to open next year, which will bring more gates to more destinations and feature 19 new restaurants and shops. And when the Central Tunnel opens in 2024, the walk to Concourse B will be shorter, which should bring smiles to many weary travelers.
Speaking of smiles, about 15,000 airport employees provide our passengers with a variety of terrific amenities daily, while others keep the runways clear during snowstorms and ensure safe travel for everyone.
Salt Lake City International Airport is a critical component of the nation’s transportation network and a major asset for our state. One study found that the airport’s annual economic activity totals $11.5 billion annually.
Salt Lake International Airport is currently ranked as the 20th busiest airport in the U.S. and the 47th busiest in the world. To paraphrase an old t.v. commercial, “Utah loves to fly, and it shows.” I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, Speaking on Business.