Day one of Salt Lake City’s (SLC) new airport terminal complex was a huge success. Delta is taking up all of the new concourse A and will occupy part of concourse B with other airlines by the end of October while older sections of the airport (including terminals one and two as well as the international terminal and parking garage) were closed off for good after decades of use.
Part of the new airport was the Delta Sky Club in concourse A. Travelers walked in to the new Sky Club with awe-inspired looks, often comparing it to other remodeled lounges in the system including clubs in New York JFK and Detroit. Many said this is their first visit to the SLC club since before the pandemic and expressed excitement for the future.
The airport’s substantial addition features a 25-gate section that will be part of a larger growth project at the major Delta hub, which will include the demolition of older sections of the airport and a new parallel terminal that will house other airlines to replace the remainder of the airport’s terminals. People will be able to walk between the terminals via an underground pathway.
The familiar Sky Club situated between concourses C and D has closed. This new club will be the only one for Delta Sky Club members at SLC and among the airline’s largest lounges in the system at more than 28,000 square feet.
During a short transition phase of four weeks before everything consolidates, there will be a period where Delta travelers will still need to navigate through and use gates in the older concourses. The airport built an expensive connector so that travelers will be able to reach this new section while work remained in progress.
The new club is a significant change from the old one, which had no airfield views. It is significantly larger with more natural light, additional food and beverage spaces, and most importantly for frequent fliers, showers.
Inspired by the area’s canyons, the terminal’s wavy-wall design will be a vast improvement over what it once was. The new Sky Club will measure more than 28,000 square feet with space for 600 people (currently reduced for Covid-19 safety protocols) and a Sky Deck featuring outdoor space with beautiful views of the airport and the distant Wasatch Range. This follows popular Sky Deck lounges at Atlanta, Austin, and JFK airports.
Local artwork and photography fills the lounge, which features an entry foyer that takes guests (via elevator and escalators) to the main level. It’s an aviation geek’s dream with full views of the action.
The lounge features two bars (although only one is in use due to local health and safety restrictions) and separate buffet areas, one of which has a celebratory Delta plane model for the occasion.
Delta has been a leader when it comes to food and beverage provisions during the Covid-19 pandemic offering packaged sandwiches, salads, and snacks albeit its onboard offerings have been severely reduced in all cabins.
A modern-style fireplace sets the tone for one of the glassed-in sections of the club, which will be especially notable on snowy travel days. The lounge was designed with connected travelers in mind with power outlets at almost every seat, even outside.
One notable surprise for frequent travelers is the addition of two showers, which the previous lounge did not offer. Other changes include boardroom space and printed gallery guides that walk guests through the artwork on display.
Quiet work carousels give places to connect their laptops and work in privacy or nap. Travel marches on, no matter what is happening, and Salt Lake City’s newest terminal and Sky Club is the perfect example of that vote of confidence.