Salt Lake City International Airport (IATA: SLC, ICAO: KSLC, FAA LID: SLC) is a civil-military airport about 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.
A cinder-covered landing strip was created, far better than the small fields at the Utah State Fairpark which had previously been used.
The Great International Aviation Carnival was held the same year and brought aviation pioneers representing Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company and a team representing the Wright Brothers to Salt Lake City. Curtiss brought his newly invented Seaplane to the carnival, a type of airplane which had never been demonstrated to the public before.
Curtiss took off from the nearby Great Salt Lake, awing the 20,000 spectators and making international headlines.
The city owns and operates two nearby airports, South Valley Regional Airport and Tooele Valley Airport.
The airport is financially self-sustaining with revenue generated from airline and passenger fees, concessions, vehicle parking, fuel, and leases for office and hangar space.
It is the only major airport in the country with no outstanding debt.
In 1911 a site for an air field was chosen on Basque Flats, named for Spanish-French sheep herders who worked the fields in the then-desolate area of the Salt Lake Valley.
The airport is the fifteenth busiest airport in the United States and twenty-fourth in the world by operations.
Salt Lake City International Airport continues to rank high for on-time departures/arrivals and fewest flight cancellations among major US airports.
The airport ranked first for on time departures and arrivals and second for percentage of cancellations as of September 2014.
The airport is owned by Salt Lake City Corporation and is administered by the Salt Lake City Department of Airports.