Salt Lake City Airport shut down after earthquake

Salt Lake City is a hub for Delta Air Lines. Photo: © Salt Lake City Airport

Salt Lake City Airport (IATA: SLC) in Utah, United States, was closed for several hours following a 5.7 magnitude earthquake near the city.

The airport was evacuated because of equipment outages shortly after being hit by the earthquake. The road leading to the airport was temporarily closed but reopened shortly after.

The 5.7 magnitude earthquake at 7:09 am local time this morning was the strongest in the US state since 1992. It could reportedly be felt in northern Utah, as well as parts of Idaho and Wyoming.

Flights en-route to Salt Lake City were diverted away or returned to their departure points. The airport was closed for almost eight hours, before reopening for regular departures at 2:54 pm local time.

Salt Lake City Airport handled more than 26 million passengers in 2019 and is a hub for Delta Air Lines.

Air traffic volume and passenger load factors are currently lower than usual, due to the impact of Coronavirus on the airline industry, including in the United States. All major US-based airlines have already made or at least announced significant temporary cuts to their flight operations, including Delta, which is cutting its schedule by at least 40%.