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Salt Lake City International Airport expects a busy holiday crush

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Salt Lake City, Utah — The number of travelers moving through Salt Lake City International Airport around the Christmas and New Year’s holidays is expected to reach pre-pandemic levels.

With about 25,000 passengers expected to depart from the new terminal each day, airport officials forecast Dec. 22, 23, and 24, along with Jan. 2, will be the busiest travel days.

In the same period in 2019, between 20,000 and 28,000 came through the Salt Lake City airport’s front door per day. In 2020, with the spread of the coronavirus surging, daily departures declined to between 11,000 and 17,000 each day over the holidays.

Those figures only count the number of people leaving Utah’s largest airport.

“There will be additional passengers arriving and making connecting flights” this year, according to airport spokesperson Nancy Volmer.

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