After years of insisting that the smoking lounges internal its terminals had been an essential service amenity for tourists, Salt Lake City International Airport has reversed function and announced that it's going to phase out the to be had use of the 5 lounges currently on the airport in a six-month plan starting on July 5.
First to go could be the smoking room in Concourse D, with the very last smoking front room scheduled to shut on December 19.
SLC has a $1.eight billion Terminal Redevelopment Program underway and it become also introduced that there are no smoking lounges in the new plans.
“This is first and fundamental an trouble of public fitness, both for tourists and our airport personnel, however it is also an trouble of space issues,” stated Mayor Biskupski, on the closure plan. “The current airport terminal is also beyond potential, and every foot of available area must be used to the best gain of the traveling public.”
Closing the smoking rooms won't most effective help Utah lessen health care expenses and lost productivity associated with smoking, it'll also unfastened up greater than 1,2 hundred rectangular feet inside the concourses for different purposes, together with retail area, charging stations for electronics and additional passenger seating, the mayor’s statement mentioned.
Here’s the schedule for closing the lounges:
*Concourse D (470 square toes): July five
*Concourse A (308 rectangular toes): Week of August 15
*Concourse B (396 rectangular toes): Week of September 26
*Concourse E (357 square feet): Week of November 7
*Concourse C (598 square ft): Week of December 19
McCarran International in Las Vegas, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Denver International and only some others are now the handiest most important U.S airports with smoking lounges in the terminals.