December's air travel meltdown was as bad as it seemed

Data: BTS; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios
Data: BTS; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

73.8% of domestic flights departed Salt Lake City International on time in December 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Context: That's down from 86.5% in November 2022, a 12.7 percentage point drop, per recently released data from the department's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

This Salt Lake City breakfast sandwich is drawing crowds

Canadian bacon sandwich. Photo: Kim Bojórquez

If you've seen social media posts about Frankie & Essl's breakfast sandwiches, you're already on the right track.

What's happening: Word of the breakfast sandwich spot, which opened last month in Salt Lake City's Liberty Wells neighborhood, is already spreading on Instagram and TikTok.

Erin Alberty
Mar 14, 2023 - News

New banking rules on the table in Utah

Illustration of a hand holding a bank building.

Illustration: Gabriella Turrisi/Axios

Federal government intervention likely saved thousands of Utah jobs that were imperiled by the failure of Silicon Valley Bank, local tech industry leaders said Monday.

  • Meanwhile, the state official responsible for financial oversight said new regulations for banks in Utah could be coming.
Erin Alberty
Mar 14, 2023 - Business

Zions Bank seeks calm after stocks slide

Illustration of a stock ticker with a mix of censored curse words and the word "yay"

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Shares in Utah-based Zions Bancorp were down Monday as markets traded nervously the day after federal regulators guaranteed depositors' assets at the failed Silicon Valley Bank.

  • Meanwhile, Utah's tech sector was still experiencing uncertainty, with half of firms estimated to have accounts with SVB.
Erin Alberty
Mar 10, 2023 - News

Utah's tampon tax lives on while other states ban it

Data: Alliance for Period Supplies; Note: Includes legislation that went into effect in January 2023; Map: Madison Dong/Axios Visuals

Utah is in a shrinking minority of states that still tax menstrual products, with a dozen states now considering a halt to the sex-specific revenue stream.

  • 23 states already banned sales tax on period products, and five others don't have a sales tax, Axios' Kelly Tyko reports.

2034 is Utah Olympic committee's "first choice" for Winter Games

Rice-Eccles Stadium was the site of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Photo: George Frey/Getty Images

Fraser Bullock, president and CEO of the Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games, said hosting the Winter Olympics in 2034 would be the organization's "first choice."

Catch up quick: The International Olympic Committee is considering SLC to potentially host the Winter Games in 2030 or 2034.

Salt Lake City tips well despite Utah's stingy reputation

Data: Toast; Chart: Axios Visuals

Despite Utah's reputation for poor tipping, customers in the Salt Lake City metro are among the best tippers in the nation, per a recent restaurant trends report by Toast.

By the numbers: Salt Lake City residents paid an average of 19.6% in gratuity, per Toast — higher than the national rate of 19%. Researchers used data collected from full-service restaurants throughout the fourth quarter of 2022.

Salt Lake City gas prices are among the highest in the nation

Data: GasBuddy; Note: Price as of the 1st of each month; Chart: Axios Visuals

The cost of a gallon of gas in the Salt Lake City metro is creeping up again.

By the numbers: Local drivers spent an average of $3.71 per gallon as of Feb. 1, per GasBuddy data. That's up 10% year over year, and a 13% increase from January.

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