SLC airport reports few delays for post-Thanksgiving travel

Nov 28, 2022, 7:47 AM

SALT LAKE CITY — Major U.S. cities were hit with severe weather Sunday, leading to hundreds of flight delays and cancellations on one of the year’s busiest travel days.

The Salt Lake City International Airport managed to escape much of the woes seen at other airports like JFK International and LaGuardia airports in New York, and Boston Logan International Airport in Massachusetts. Those airports reported dozens of delays and several cancellations.

Most delays were less than 30 minutes for flights arriving at SLC Sunday night, aside from two flights from JFK that were delayed by an hour.

Thousands of US flights delayed Sunday as major storm system hampers travel

The TSA has reported the Sunday after Thanksgiving has been the busiest day for them all year. In 2019, TSA officials reported a record for most passengers screened in one day in its history on the Sunday following Thanksgiving, with 2.9 million passengers.

TSA expected 2022 post-pandemic, post-Thanksgiving travel to reach numbers near what it saw prior to 2020. Salt Lake officials reported the airport was busy, but not record-breaking, on Sunday, with a projection of 27,447 passengers flying out and as many passengers flying in.

Travelers flying in from various areas reported that flights went smoothly for them.

Darek Tuckett, his wife, and three young children flew to Las Vegas for the Thanksgiving holiday. They arrived back in Salt Lake just before 9 p.m. Sunday.

“When we got there, Vegas was crazy like waiting for a bus to get to the rental car and stuff like that, it was pretty nuts,” Tuckett said, of what travel was like before Thanksgiving. He said it was much quieter on the way home. “But on the way back, everybody must have taken the early flight.”

Kevin Busboom flew to Phoenix with his girlfriend and her family. They made sure they stayed up-to-date before their flight home.

Holiday travel returns to pre-pandemic levels

“We heard on the radio that it was going to be a little bit delayed, so we went and looked up the times online actually and everything online was saying that it was running pretty in accordance with everything as it was,” Busboom said. “So we showed up a little bit early just to be safe, but didn’t really seem to have any issues.”

His group joked that the biggest hassle came in their arrival gate being changed to the B gates, which are a notoriously long walk away from baggage claim.

Tiago Lake, his brother and his father were sitting on a bench near the TSA check line Sunday night. They said they showed up more than two hours early for dad to send his sons back to Sacramento.

They were pleasantly surprised to find hardly any line.

“Usually the line is really long, and you don’t really know what happens like anytime at the airport– could be long, could be short. You just never know,” Lake said. He and his brother got to spend more time with dad to finish off their Thanksgiving trip, before heading back home.

Salt Lake City International Airport officials expect a busy holiday season and said if passenger pickup lines are long at arrivals on the ground level, flyers can get picked up at departures on Level 3.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

(FILE) Inside the new Utah State Prison located in Salt Lake City. (KSL-TV)...
Lauren Steinbrecher

Utah State prisons on lockdown after three assaults against officers

Two Utah State prison facilities were placed on lockdown Sunday evening after three corrections officers were injured in the last two weeks. 
1 day ago
Handcuffs in a jail cell FILE PHOTO (Ravell Call/Deseret News)...
Pat Reavy

7 arrested in drug trafficking investigation in Utah and Salt Lake counties

Utah County law enforcers served search warrants on four homes simultaneously last week, resulting in the arrests of seven people and the seizure of multiple pounds of meth and heroin.
1 day ago
First responders on the scene of the motorcyclist who fell about 50 feet. (Washington County Sherif...
Michael Houck

Rescue crews save woman stuck in remote area and motorcyclist who fell 50 feet

Washington County officials responded to two different search & rescue operations on Sunday.
1 day ago
Michael Houck

Backcountry skier dies after slipping, falling near Lisa Falls

A man is dead after tumbling a "significant distance" while backcountry skiing in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Saturday.
1 day ago
USU student Max Shulga during Saturday night's game....
Shelby Lofton

Utah State community responds to ‘Russia’ chants directed at Ukrainian player

Some USU students say that the Colorado State University students crossed a line that goes beyond simple trash talk during a game.
1 day ago
The collapsed awning at the Wing Pointe Apartments (Heber City Police Department)...
Michael Houck

Snow collapses awning at a Heber apartment complex

Six cars were trapped under a collapsed awning after the Sunday afternoon snowfall. 
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
SLC airport reports few delays for post-Thanksgiving travel