‘Beautiful’ Salt Lake airport awes travelers on first flight from new facility | Desert News

The brand-new Salt Lake City International Airport lifted off before sunrise Tuesday morning with a blast.

Two firetrucks honored the first flight to soar

out of the new airport — Delta Flight 2020 — with a water cannon salute at 5 a.m. The aircraft taxied to the runway through the two streams of water arching overhead as a crowd of onlookers, including dignitaries like Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, watched from behind Concourse A’s glass windows, clapping and cheering.

The massive, $4.1 billion replacement of the old Salt Lake City International Airport, which is slated to be demolished and built over starting by the end of the year, opened its doors to travelers for the first time…