Some key things to point out regarding the project:
- Enplanement costs to the airlines will only go up 3 cents per enplanement as a result of the redevelopment, going from $3.58 to 3.61, still one of the cheapest hubs to operate from and still DL
's cheapest hub as far enplanement costs go.
- Both DL
's largest carriers) are on board with the redevelopment and increased costs. DL
in particular has been heavily involved in the redevelopment process and will continue to be. The option of a complete rennovation to the current facilities was also considered, but all parties agreed a new facility was the way to go.
- Not only is SLC
airport currently debt-free (hardly any major airport is debt free), they already have $250 million cash saved going towards the project.
- While the ultimate plan of phase 1 initially reduces the number of aircraft parking spots from 86 to 74, all gates will be able to accomodate a wide variety of aircraft and will have jetways as opposed to having separate gates and facilities for mainline and regional aircraft. Ultimately, this allows gates to be utilized more often rather than sit idle and allows more flights to operate even though the number of parking spots is less. Future phases, which aren't included in this 1.8 billion budget and include the north satellite concourse will add additional gates as needed. The terminal will be able to grow easily as demand warrants.
- The phasing, implementation, and size of the project can be changed as it is built.
- Seismic concerns were a primary reason as was the limited capacity of the current facilities in the need for a new terminal. Much of the current facilities are over 50 years old and the airport handles more than double the number of passengers it was originally designed for.