That hub operation at SLC
has done just fine since the 1987 WA
The problem is the current economy, which has a direct effect on air travel. Alot of hubs still are not back to pre-sept. 11 levels.
is a perfect location for a hub, it has facilities, it has growing O&D, it has an extensive feeder network bringing further traffic into it. The problem, really, is the economy, and delta's mounting money losses. It wasnt just SLC
that got trimmed, there were downsizes all across delta's network.
An opportunity has opened up and B6
would do alright making SLC
a focus city, but they have WN AND DL
to go up against, and despite the downsizes, Delta still owns SLC
, and owns the west. WN
is a formidable challenge, but Delta is still a bigger threat. Where WN
connects in LAX DL
has direct flights and pax like that. But WN
's lower fares tend to balance it out.