Iflewrepublic From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 537 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2842 times:
This should really come as no surprise to anyone. Delta is slowly turning SLC into an RJ hub. They did the same thing to Phoenix (I'm not sure if it's since resumed) and they've done the same thing to most of Montana. It's quite sad to see, as those were some pretty popular (and albeit full) routes. I was talking to a Delta employee once and they said, "Atlanta simply says we're not filling the planes." I found it odd considering the 738 that pulled taxied out was full.
In answer to your question, I don't know.
Aviation is proof that, given the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
Flashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2914 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2464 times:
Bad move on DL's part. When I lived in SAT, I always flew SAT-SLC-PDX or SAT-SLC-SFO. The timing was much better than the dreadful DFW hub. Plus, the service was mainline... now all DL has SAT-DFW is CRJ flights.
Current DL service SAT-PDX shows 3 connecting flights at DFW and one at MSP via NW. SAT-MSP-PDX? Sounds like a ridiculous routing.
SAT-SFO shows lots of flights, almost all of them codeshares: lots of connections through IAH and MEM, only 3 through DFW. It makes very little sense to me why airlines think it's logical for people to fly eastbound to arrive westbound.
SAT-SEA is more on DL metal, but one of the listed flights actually connects at ATL. What a joke.
Just more proof that DL doesn't give a damn about the west coast.
Aloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4534 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2270 times:
Delta's downsizing of SLC is kind of devastating to an aviation enthusiast, and potentially damaging to the economy of SLC itself.
Delta has been the flagship carrier of the west ever since it bought Western. Southwest is a force but they did not have the extensive western network that DL had. For folks in this area DL was the carrier of choice if you wanted to go anywhere in the west.
Them downsizing SLC is a bad move in my opinion. I see absolutely no reason for it. Even if a majority of pax were connecting pax, geographically SLC is perfect for a western hub, and with skywest feeding pax into it, it really was viable. Face it, DL's not going to get enough space to expand at DEN unless UA goes under, which isnt happening, and we know the story of PHX. SLC is still a DL hub, with some 96 flights per day, but if they cut it much more it will become just a focus city. I respect Delta for having actually kept and used Western's routes, with other carriers like USAir or American were buying western carrier (PSA, Renoair), and then dumping all the routes shortly afterwards. I'd hate to see Delta follow the same path. They know how to serve the west. What bothers me is that that ex-western CEO guy is supposed to be coming to Delta soon, and we thought this would signal an increase of mainline flights to SLC, not the other way around.
FlyPNS1 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 6823 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2230 times:
The problem with SLC is that it just can't produce good yields. Even worse, SLC doesn't have enough medium sized cities to feed into it. Low volume and low yields are a killer combination (and I mean that in the bad way). There was just an article in the SLC paper that said of all DL's hubs, SLC had been the slowest to rebound since 9/11.
Leo isn't with DL (except on an advisory basis for a few months) anymore and it will be interesting to see if Grinstein has any influence on DL's future strategy. DL is re-evaluating its entire network over the next few months which may have some impact on SLC in the future.