Salt Lake City International Airport • Superb savings at SLC ...
The name for Salt Lake City itself is often shortened to SLC, which is also the code for the city’s International Airport.
The airport is famed for its award-winning retail offering (which, in 2011-2012 is being overhauled) as well as for its particularly punctual flights. So don’t bank on any delays: build time into your schedule for some serious tax-free shopping before you fly.
A joint civil-military facility, SLC is four miles from the central business district. Handling over 21 million passengers per year, it is the 15 busiest airport in the US and a major hub for Delta Airlines, SkyWest, Mesaba, Southwest and United Airlines.
Think of the airport layout as like that of your outstretched hand, palm up. The terminal buildings (1, 2 and International) are side by side in your palm, with five concourses, A to E, leading off like five fingers. The cavernous terminal and concourse buildings house an impressive variety of stores including apparel, gifts, electronics and last-minute travel essentials.
Terminal 1 (Concourses A and B) is for American Airlines, Continental and US Airways flights. It has a Spirit of the Red Horse and, on the upper level, a Crosby Collection outlet. These stores specialise in high-quality and original Native American art, gifts and jewellery. This is also where you’ll find a Brookstone for unique gifts, electronics and travel luggage and accessories. On Terminal 1’s top tier, relax and enjoy the views from The Terrace Restaurant and Lounge, with its full-service dining and cocktail service.
Terminal 2 is where you’ll find Concourse C, home to Delta Airlines flights. For luxurious leather wallets, journals and high-quality gift and everyday products including fountain pens, cufflinks and watches, visit the Cross store on the upper level. Terminal 2 has an On The Fly store for everything the modern gentleman could possibly require. Its top names include Le Nez du Vin giftware for the wine connoisseur, classic Barbour and Peter Millar apparel, and Wolverine leather footwear.
To enjoy an authentic local beverage before you fly, this is also where you will find the Squatters Airport Pub, an airport offshoot of Salt Lake City's original brewery restaurant.
SLC’s International Terminal (Concourses D and E) focuses on flights to Tokyo, Paris, Mexico and Canada, and is used by Delta Connection carriers and Skywest Airlines. It boasts a huge Duty Free Americas store, for tax-free treats from the world’s leading brands.
If looking for gifts for a loved one, browse the designer perfumes from Armani, Cacharel, Lancôme, Adrienne Vittadini, Burberry or Carolina Herrara. For colognes, consider Thierry Mugler, Bulgari, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein or Davidoff. For great value anti-ageing products try the latest innovations from Clinique, Clarins or Garnier and for tax-free cosmetics sample the quality goods from La Prairie, Bobbi Brown, Revlon and Maybelline. Duty Free Americas also runs a Kiehl’s outlet for all your beauty, skin and body care needs.
For alcohol and special bottles of wine or champagne, Duty Free Americas stocks all the top-shelf spirits and liquor at superb duty-free prices. Think Chivas Regal Scotch, legendary Captain Morgan rums and Absolut Vodka.
If a lavish gift is in order, take advantage of Duty Free America’s fabulous tax-free savings and splash out on a prestige watch or exclusive jewellery set. There are fantastic designer ranges from Versace, Diesel, Accurist, Omega, Bulgari or Pierre Cardin or, for contemporary and affordable style, look out for the Fossil watch shop near Gate D1.
Gadget geeks, meet those electronics, entertainment and in-flight accessory needs at Concourse D’s InMotion Entertainment store. Choose between tablet personal computers, Bluetooth headsets, digital cameras, DVD players, headphones and gaming systems from cutting-edge companies like Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Monster.
Concourse E (for Delta Connections and Skywest Airlines) isn’t the place for high-end, boutique shopping though it’s perfect for a quick pre-flight snack from Quiznos Subs, Starbucks or Finnegan’s. It has an Air Terminal Gifts shop, too, for those presents you almost forgot to buy.
Whatever you do, just remember that time and tide • and Salt Lake City flights • wait for no man, or indeed woman. So shop to the brim of your tax and duty-free allowances and then make it to the gate on time.