Pack extra time, patience if using Salt Lake International Airport this week

Dec 20, 2021, 3:24 PM

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FILE: Terminal at Salt Lake City Internationak Airport with plane taking off. on Tuesday, Salt Lake City Police took an alleged serial theft suspect into custody at the airport. Photo Credit: HOK, Bruce Damonte

SALT LAKE CITY — The message this week from the 21st busiest airport in North America is this: Be patient and get there early.

Salt Lake City International Airport Spokeswoman Nancy Volmer said the busiest travel days will be on Dec. 22, 23, and 24. They expect things to get busy again on Jan. 2.

On each of these days, about 25,000 passengers are expected to depart from the airport.

If you haven’t been to the airport in a while, there’ve been a lot of changes. Those include, in some instances, a long walk to get to your gate. And that’s one more reason to give yourself some extra time.

Travelers at the Salt Lake International Airport are asked to wear masks and to practice social distancing.

Save yourself time at the airport this week

Check the webpage

If you are traveling this week, assure your flight is on-time by scanning the airline’s webpage (or app). There may be weather in Salt Lake City or at the connecting or final destination that may impact when your flight leaves.

Reserve parking in advance

Click here to reserve a parking spot in either the long-term or economy parking lots. Also, did you know that you can now ride TRAX all the way to an airport terminal? No more shuttle busses!

Check-in electronically and arrive early

By checking in electronically with your airline, you can save time and hassle at the airport and have a more enjoyable experience. Assure an even more enjoyable experience by arriving two hours before your scheduled boarding time for domestic flights, and three hours for international flights. (Hint: on the busiest days of the holiday travel season, airport officials expect 25,000 passengers to pass through security.)

Look for Salt Lake International Airport Ambassadors

Airport Ambassadors will be scattered throughout the airport to help passengers who may need directions or have other questions during the holiday season.

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Pack extra time, patience if using Salt Lake International Airport this week