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Old Posted Sep 17, 2020, 8:43 PM
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New aiport looks great inside. Too bad they went with "elementary school red" for the color on the exterior.
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Old Posted Sep 18, 2020, 6:13 AM
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New aiport looks great inside. Too bad they went with "elementary school red" for the color on the exterior.
Wait.... do... do you not know what copper is?
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Old Posted Sep 18, 2020, 2:16 PM
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There is a moving walkway in the west tunnel- you can see it in this picture from the Deseret News:





Here is some additional information about the central tunnel and its art project, which will be a sort of continuation of the canyon in the terminal:

https://gordonhuether.com/river-tunnel/




And some additional info. from the "New SLC Fact Sheet" on the airport's website:

Tunnel (Mid-Concourse):
Area 41,454 sq. ft.
990 ft. long
Cost - $19,258,976 to connect
Built in 2004

Tunnel (Central):
Area 106,140 sq. ft.
990 ft. long
Cost - $120,390,252
Designed to hold a future tram for access to a third concourse.
I stand corrected. Thanks for pointing that out, and for the info!
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Old Posted Sep 18, 2020, 9:08 PM
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Wait.... do... do you not know what copper is?
Wait.... do... do you not know what a joke is?
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Old Posted Sep 18, 2020, 10:06 PM
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Wait.... do... do you not know what a joke is?
Jokes are meant to be funny.
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Old Posted Sep 18, 2020, 10:43 PM
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Jokes are meant to be funny.
Sure, but it would take a sense of humor.
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Old Posted Sep 21, 2020, 8:29 PM
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There was a discussion on the last page about a hotel on the airport property, which got me thinking.

What if there was a complex of hotels built on the old golf course site? An automatic people mover could connect the hotels to the airport welcome center, in the same location where the TRAX elevated station was planned to go. Then, that APM would continue south and connect to my proposed commuter rail line between Tooele and Salt Lake City.


The hotel complex is the light blue area in this figure. I have placed an APM station on the east, and a TRAX infill station on the west. I imagine that the remaining parts of the golf course could be incorporated into the hotel complex, like a driving range, a single practice hole (or two), and maybe some jogging/running paths for hotel guests.

The Automatic People Mover would probably be a Dopplemayr Cable Liner system, similar to systems used at the Oakland Airport and Las Vegas casinos. Dopplemayr has a local office in Salt Lake City, since they specialize in ski lifts. A Cable Liner is basically a cable-propelled train on an elevated track. Because the propulsion is handled by the cable, the trains, tracks, and electrical infrastructure can be significantly reduced in weight, saving in costs. The only downside is that the systems must be short, generally only a mile or 2. The route I show would be exactly 2 miles, which is on the longer end, but wouldn't set any records.



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The connection to the commuter rail line would be transformative. Currently to get to the airport via transit, you have one option: TRAX. to get to TRAX via FrontRunner, you must transfer at North Temple Station and ride a train down a street for 20 minutes.
With this system, you could transfer from FrontRunner at the Rio Grande depot (please see the google map in my signature line) and get on a Tooele-bound commuter train. The first stop on the Tooele line will be the airport transfer station. I don't know if there will be any real time savings, since there would be an extra transfer onto the AMP, but this way you wouldn't need to get on a light rail train - the whole thing could be done via bigger commuter trains. This would also free up capacity on TRAX for more local traffic.

I think it's a pretty elegant solution for several problems, if I do say so myself! But what do you airport experts say?
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Old Posted Sep 21, 2020, 9:18 PM
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Hatman,

I love the idea.

This is something that I think Tooele County could also get behind as they are trying to lure more business to the Tooele area.

I also think it would work great with my thought of a West side FrontRunner route into the Saratoga Springs/Eagle Mountain areas in Utah County.

It could be a selling point for the Inland Port with a direct rail connection to the Airport.

Then there is the ultimate dream, the location would work as a connection for a future HSR line as there was talk a few years ago of using space around the airport for an HSR station.

In all these scenarios, SLC could ultimately have 2 major rail stations. Central Station (after some upgrades), and the Airport Station.

The Airport Station could have: Commuter Rail to Tooele, Commuter Rail (West Side), HSR, APM for the Airport, and even 1 or 2 Trax lines depending on how the Inland Port comes together.
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Salt Lake City International & Delta's Newest Skyclub


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I feel like the airport opening today deserves some main thread chatter! The Delta Sky Club looks pretty awesome. https://thepointsguy.com/news/delta-...lake-city/amp/

All images by Zach Griff/The Points Guy


As you pass through “The Canyon,” you’ll catch a first glimpse of the upper-level of the Sky Club. Once you turn right, you’ll immediately see signs for the Sky Club.

https://i1.wp.com/thepointsguy.com/w...1-3.jpeg?ssl=1


The entrance is hard to miss. Once you enter, there are two receptionists to help check you in.




The lobby level is also where you’ll first notice pieces from the lounge’s thoughtful artwork collection. But don’t snap pics just yet, it only gets better once you ascend the escalator.




The first thing you’ll notice is the first of two marble-clad bars with backlit lighting.




To your right is one of the lounge’s many seating areas. In total, there’s seating for more than 340 during the pandemic. That will grow to more than 600 in a post-social distancing era,
hopefully helping to alleviate overcrowding once travel demand returns following the pandemic. There are plenty of seating options here — ranging from high-tops to benches to individual tables.




















The third section has a mixture of workstations and recliners.



Then, you’ll pass through the lounge’s second bar, along with the second buffet before getting to the second main seating area.











For aviation enthusiasts like me, the hands-down best feature of the lounge is the covered Sky Deck, offering unparalleled views of the airfield and Wasatch mountain range.
There’s plenty of seating here, and — thanks to fans and heaters — the Sky Deck is where you’ll find me sitting year-round. Overall, the layout is quite simply one of the best
I’ve seen for airport lounges. The varied seating types, along with the custom-designed finishes, make this a space that you’ll want to visit...Copy By Zach Griff/The Points Guy






7 customer-friendly innovations at Delta’s newest and largest Sky Club that could become the norm


By Zach Griff - https://thepointsguy.com/news/delta-...c-innovations/
In case you missed it, Delta, along with Salt Lake City airport authorities, opened a brand-new terminal.

The new 4 million square foot Phase I terminal represents a massive transformation for flyers passing through SLC. Expect wide hallways, plenty of restrooms, top-notch retailers, 50-foot-high floor-to-ceiling windows and more. Tuesday’s grand opening marks the first phase of a multi-year project aimed at modernizing the nearly 50-year-old facility...

...So let’s now take a closer look at some of the new innovations that Delta employed at this new outpost that we hope keep spreading.


Self-check-in kiosks

Delta’s at the forefront of anti-coronavirus measures with its so-called CareStandard pledge. That promise covers the end-to-end travel journey, including the Sky Club lounges.

And when you enter the SLC lounge for the first time, you’ll notice that there aren’t just two receptionists waiting to greet you behind plexiglass. There are also four self-check-in kiosks that allow you to scan your boarding pass for automated, touchless entry to the lounge. Adding touchless entry kiosks doesn’t just help reduce touchpoints during a pandemic. With SLC being Delta’s busiest western hub, there are thousands of flyers passing through the Sky Club every day.

By automating entry, the carrier is also reducing the number of people queuing to enter.



In most cases, you’d need to visit a receptionist or shower attendant and get added to a standby list. You’d then receive a pager or a get called on the intercom when the shower was clean. Delta has a solution to modernize this queuing experience. When the showers open at the SLC club, there will be a digital kiosk that you can use to sign up for a shower (and get in line for personalized reservation assistance during irregular operations). You’ll then receive a text message
once the shower is clean and available.

The kiosk first debuted in Detroit, and guests love it, said Claude Roussel, managing director of Sky Clubs. And fortunately, “we’re planning to install it at other lounges,” Roussel added.



Have you ever wanted to have a sensitive phone conversation in an airport lounge? Well, unless you’re visiting during an off-peak time, odds are that your seating neighbors overhead what you were saying. In the Salt Lake City outpost,
Delta has a solution. The airline installed six individual Framery phone booths, as well as one handicapped accessible booth. These soundproof rooms are the perfect place to catch up with work or friends back home.Roussel noted that the
phone booths are in a pilot phase in Salt Lake. Hopefully, the airline receives positive feedback and adds them network-wide.



The pandemic has airlines rethinking the number of passenger touchpoints — especially in restrooms. Though touchless flushing and faucets are widespread, entering and exiting the bathroom still usually requires touching a handle.
Unless you’re in the Salt Lake City Sky Club. Both sets of restrooms feature touchless entry and exit. All you need to do is wave your hand by a sensor, and the door automatically opens for you. It’s magic for germaphobes and a welcome improvement for everyone during the pandemic.



Delta has installed what I’d call the Airbus A350 of coffee machines in the new SLC lounge. The Eversys coffee machines are sleek, modern, easy-to-use and futuristic — just like Delta’s flagship Airbus A350. Each machine has two operating spouts, allowing two guests to dispense coffee at the same time. Furthermore, if one side breaks, the other will remain operational. And finally, the machine is connected to the internet. When beans are running low or a part needs fixing, lounge attendants will receive a push notification — and address it immediately. Each machine has two operating spouts, allowing two guests to dispense coffee at the same time.



Locally inspired art


Over the past few years, Delta has opened new lounges in Austin, New Orleans and Phoenix. One similarity across these new Sky Clubs is the tastefully curated artwork adorning the walls. As you might expect,
Delta has upped the ante in its latest club now open at SLC. There are multiple unique installations that exude a sense of calm amidst the otherwise crowded terminal. Many of the pieces are designed by locally renowned artists.
By investing in a regionally inspired art program, Delta’s Sky Clubs begin to look less like airport lounges and more like hotel lobbies.



https://i2.wp.com/thepointsguy.com/w...-64.jpeg?ssl=1


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The cool new workstations

Delta clearly seems to be listening to customer feedback. (So if you’ve received a post-flight survey, be sure to answer it.) When the carrier opened a new Sky Club in Seattle, it tested out a new seating concept — a souped-up version
of the college lecture desk. These workstations feature a sliding desk, footrest, storage area, lamp and power outlets. According to Roussel, the airline received overwhelmingly positive feedback, and that’s why they’ve been installed
in the new SLC lounge.





Bottom Line

Though we’re in the midst of a pandemic, Delta is chugging along with its multiple airport redevelopment projects.

The newest terminal to open in Salt Lake City features a massive, flagship Sky Club that’s sure to be a hit with the carrier’s premium flyers.

As the airline continues building new lounges and renovating existing ones, hopefully, all of the innovations that Delta included in SLC make their way across the network.



All images by Zach Griff/The Points Guy



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Old Posted Sep 24, 2020, 4:31 PM
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I dropped someone off at the new airport today and I have to say that the main terminal seems significantly underbuilt from the road. The dropoff area is half the length of the old one and I think it's going to get overcrowded very quickly when travel gets back to normal levels.

I kind of agree with the comment about SLC trading a "big small" airport for a "small big" airport.
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I dropped someone off at the new airport today and I have to say that the main terminal seems significantly underbuilt from the road. The dropoff area is half the length of the old one and I think it's going to get overcrowded very quickly when travel gets back to normal levels.

I kind of agree with the comment about SLC trading a "big small" airport for a "small big" airport.
I don't think it will be as big of an issue as people think. The old dropoff length was about 1150 feet long, but there were crosswalks about every 200 feet with 30-35 feet each where you weren't allowed to park making the effective dropoff length about 1000 feet. Also because of the crosswalks there was a lot of traffic getting backed up because of pedestrians crossing to the pickup and rental car areas, making it difficult for cars to pull in and out of the parking lane.

The new dropoff has nothing else at that level so no crosswalks and although the terminal building frontage along the road is about 600 feet, the dropoff begins well before the building and extends slightly beyond it making the effective dropoff length about 900 feet. Also aren't there two parallel dropoff lanes? I think it will be fine.
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I don't think it will be as big of an issue as people think. The old dropoff length was about 1150 feet long, but there were crosswalks about every 200 feet with 30-35 feet each where you weren't allowed to park making the effective dropoff length about 1000 feet. Also because of the crosswalks there was a lot of traffic getting backed up because of pedestrians crossing to the pickup and rental car areas, making it difficult for cars to pull in and out of the parking lane.

The new dropoff has nothing else at that level so no crosswalks and although the terminal building frontage along the road is about 600 feet, the dropoff begins well before the building and extends slightly beyond it making the effective dropoff length about 900 feet. Also aren't there two parallel dropoff lanes? I think it will be fine.
Also isn't there a separate drop-off and pickup area one floor above the other, effectively doubling the length of the pickup/drop-off area?
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Good points airhero, the lack of crossings will certainly make it more efficient. That said, I am still concerned about overcrowding especially when I think about the huge amount of growth that we are and will see in Utah.

Also, when it was crowded, the old airport effectively had two dropoff lanes too, albeit the road wasn't as wide in total.

stayinginformed, no the old airport had parallel dropoff and pickup zones (necessitating the crossings). That means they were both 1000 feet long (going off of airhero's numbers).
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For those interested in the demolition timeline for the existing airport:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWNw...ature=youtu.be
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Flew into the new airport yesterday. Looks great on the inside! The pickup area is also much more impressive than the dropoff area.
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https://slcairport.com/thenewslc/reb...gress-gallery/

Sorry about the huge sizes. I have no idea how to change the size of an image.

Tearing down the old parking garage:


The North Concourse (B) ready to open:


Terminal 1 demo prep:


Concourse B Gate B2 almost ready to open:

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Flying through SLC last week was pretty interesting. I flew into concourse F, which used to be named concourse B. So now A is G (happened a long time ago), B is F, C is still C, and D & E are not operational. A is the main new one and B is the new north concourse.


Food operations were still open in C, F, & G, but the areas by the terminals and security were all walled off. The food area that had the Café Rio, McDonalds, etc was closed and taped off. We have a ton of pictures of the new buildings, but at this point I think the most interesting thing is seeing the old buildings torn down and what they are keeping open during the transition.


Also, walking through the old concourses and the new concourse, it is a huge and obvious difference. The old concourses seem so small and dated now.
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but at this point I think the most interesting thing is seeing the old buildings torn down and what they are keeping open during the transition.


I was in SLC last week. Felt super sad to pull up and see half the old short-term garage demolished and knowing the old airport is next.

But then I walked inside the new terminal and -- holy smokes. It's freaking sweet. It's simple, easy to navigate, and tons of natural light.
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A non-development/architecture nerd perspective:

Ex-wife flew to Vegas last weekend, came back, asked her what she thought of the new airport, and she said "was there a new airport?"

Sooooo
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Concourse B officially opens today. The old airport is officially done

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