Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is considering moving smaller general aviation operations to other fields, according to local news sources. The idea was recently mentioned during a general aviation master plan update focused around Salt Lake City International, South Valley Regional Airport (U42) and Tooele Valley Airport (TVY).
Steve Domino, a consultant with RS&H outlined, “It may not be reasonable to continue to provide service for small general aviation aircraft,” at the main airport. “While general aviation aircraft are always allowed here, we think the policy should be directed to try to encourage those small [aircraft] operations at other general aviation airports,” Domino said. He cited that increasing landing distance between large commercial airliners and smaller propeller aircraft can slow down airport operations. SLC is undergoing a $3.6 million rebuild project aimed at expanding commercial operations.
Domino admitted other issues exist at local GA airports. Tooele Valley Airport for example, has no sewer service, nor much of a well-water supply. South Valley Regional Airport could potentially interfere with traffic at SLC. Residential development near the airport already limits operations.