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SLC International airport reports record passenger growth

For the first time in a 12-month period, the Salt Lake City International Airport is reporting record passenger growth with more than 24 million passenger counts - an increase of 4.5 percent. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) - For the first time in a 12-month period, the Salt Lake City International Airport is reporting record passenger growth with more than 24 million passenger counts - an increase of 4.5 percent.

From, January through December 2017, domestic passengers totaled 23,285,188 while international passengers totaled 913,628, which is an increase of more than 20 percent.

“The is the second consecutive year of record-breaking passenger growth,” stated Bill Wyatt, executive director, Salt Lake City Department of Airports, in a news release. “This continual increase in passenger numbers demonstrates just one of the reasons why we are in need of a new airport.”

The airport's Terminal 1 was built in the early 1960s, while Terminal 2 was constructed in the late 1970s, early 1980s, to accommodate 10 million domestic passengers, the news release stated.

Utah's largest airport with more than 330 flights departing daily is undergoing a $3.6 billion redevelopment program. The first phase is to be completed in 2020.

The project is being funded by user fees — primarily from airlines serving Salt Lake City — but also parking fees, rental car fees, and passenger facility charges. No local tax dollars are being spent on the project, according to the news release.

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