One year countdown to new airport

One year countdown to new airport


FORECASTS WITH WEATHER ON THE 4’S NINE MINUTES FROM NOW. Sarah: THIS IS THE FULL VALLEY NO MAJOR ISSUES. A LITTLE SLOW DOWN IN LEHI JUST BEFORE THE POINT OF THE MOUNTAIN BUT NOTHING MAJOR ON THIS THURSDAY. BRIAN? Brian: THE SELECT AIRPORT IS GOING THROUGH MAJOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT. WE ARE NOW JUST ONE YEAR AWAY FROM THE NEW AIRPORT WILL OPEN. HERE TO TALK ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON THERE AT THE AIRPORT WE HAVE THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING FOR THE SELECT AIRPORT. THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. Brian: WHEN IS OPENING DAY? SEPTEMBER 2020. ALMOST A YEAR AWAY IT’S GETTING CLOSE.>>Brian: SOUND LIKE IT’S COMING FAST! IT IS AND WE ARE FEELING AT THE AIRPORT. WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO. Brian: WE DO SO YESTERDAY ON 9/11 THE MEMORIAL EVENT AT THE HEAD OF THE AIRPORT, WE HAD NOT REALLY SEEN THE AIRPORT BEFORE THAT. WE DID IN THE PLAZA AREA WHICH WILL BE THE CENTRAL SPINE OF THE AIRPORT. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL AREA AND WE HAVE MAJOR ART INSTALLATION IN THE AREA. THERE ARE 48 FOOT TALL GLASS WALLS LOOKING OUT TO SEE THE MOUNTAINS AND THE SURROUNDING AREA. IT’S REALLY A BEAUTIFUL AREA. Brian: YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THE RENDER IS JUST A GORGEOUS AIRPORT! IT IS.WHEN WE LOOKING AT BUILDING AIRPORT, WE WENT OUT TO THE PUBLIC AND WE SAID WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE IN YOUR AIRPORT? OVER WOMANLY PEOPLE SAID THEY WANTED TO SEE THE BEAUTY OF UTAH BROUGHT INSIDE. PEOPLE SEE THAT THROUGH THE COLORS, THE ART INSTALLATIONS, ALSO TO THE RESTAURANTS AND THE SHOPS THAT WE HAVE SELECTED. Brian: REMIND US WHAT’S COMING IN. WITH NEW BRANDS.PANERA BREAD, WE HAVE SQUATTERS, WE HAVE SOME TRADITIONAL BRANDS, SMASHBURGER IS A NEW BRAND COMING TO THE AIRPORT. THEN WE HAVE COACH, MAC, AND FRYE ARE SOME OF THE NEW STORES. Brian: WHERE WE ARE WITH CONSTRUCTION? WE HAVE A LOT TO DO BEFORE OPENING DAY BECAUSE WE HAVE THE NEW SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS THAT WILL BE BUILDING OUT THEIR SPACES. CAR RENTALS AND AIRLINES WILL BUILD OUT THEIR SPACES. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, WE HAVE A HUGE IT INFRASTRUCTURE THAT NEEDS TO BE IN PLACE. WE WOULD HAVE THE LUGGAGE SCREENING SYSTEM IN PLACE THAT WE ARE TESTING NOW. A LOT OF DIFFERENT COMPONENTS THAT NEED TO BE IN PLACE AND TESTED BEFORE WE CAN OPEN. Brian: A COUPLE OF PHASES AS I UNDERSTAND. RIGHT THE FIRST PHASE IS 2020. THAT WILL INCLUDE THE PARKING GARAGE.A BRAND-NEW PARKING GARAGE THAT HAS TWICE AS MANY PARKING SPACES WHICH WE DEFINITELY NEED. CURRENTLY WE CLOSED DOWN OUR GARAGE A COUPLE OF DAYS A WEEK BECAUSE THERE IS NO PARKING. WE’LL HAVE ONE CENTRAL TERMINAL. WE CURRENTLY HAVE THREE TERMINALS WE WILL HAVE JUST ONE.THEN WE’LL HAVE TWO LINEAR CONCOURSES. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE FIVE CONCOURSES. Brian: THE WHOLE SHAPE IS DIFFERENT?>>IT IS. A TOTALLY NEW AIRPORT WILL BE MORE EFFICIENT IN A NUMBER OF WAYS ESPECIALLY THE AIRLINES. THEY WILL BE OF THE PLANES IN AND OUT MUCH MORE EFFICIENTLY WITH THIS LINEAR CONFIGURATION. Brian: IT BENEFITS PASSENGERS BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CITY? WHAT IS THE BIGGEST BENEFIT? WE HAVE 16,000 EMPLOYEES THAT COME OUT EVERY DAY TO WORK AT THE AIRPORT. 500 OF THOSE ARE DEPARTMENT OF CITY.IT IS A HUGE ECONOMIC DRIVER FOR THE CITY. THIS CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ALONE HAS $5.5 BILLION AND AFFIXED TO THE CITY. WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE EMPLOYING ON THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT, ABOUT 1700 AND THEN YOU CAN IMAGINE THE MONEY BEING SPENT ON MATERIALS AND LABOR.

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