Airport Expects Increase in Passengers During Fall Break

SLC Airport

Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is expecting an increase in the number of passengers Oct. 16, 17 and 18, when local schools are out for fall break. Upwards of 30,000 passengers each day are expected to travel through airport security screening during this time.

In anticipation of the increased traffic, SLC Airport officials are asking passengers to plan ahead and arrive two hours in advance of the scheduled boarding time for domestic flights to allow time to park, check luggage and navigate security. To save time, passengers are encouraged to print or download boarding passes to their mobile device prior to leaving for the airport and to check their airline’s website to ensure their flight is on time and hasn’t been delayed due to weather. 

Another useful tool to help passengers plan their travel is a queue management system that takes the guess work out of security screening line wait times. The system uses cameras and Bluetooth technology to track wait times—real time—in security screening lines, which are then posted to the SLC Airport monitors and well as on

The airport’s garage for long-term parking typically reaches capacity on Wednesdays and Thursdays, so drivers will be directed to the economy parking lot. This requires passengers board a shuttle bus to the terminals, which may take additional time to navigate.

In addition, SLC Airport officials reminds passengers that Terminal Drive leading into and out of the airport has recently been reconfigured, so asks drivers to slow down and observe the posted speed limit. 

For more information on what items are permitted in carry-on bags, go to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.