SALT LAKE CITY (AP)
-- Utah probably won't have a direct flight to Europe in 2007, despite personal lobbying at Delta Air Lines by Gov. Jon Huntsman and other leaders.
"It's not an impossibility, but it's improbable at this point that we will get service to Paris in 2007," Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon said.
"2008 is certainly something we would be shooting for," said Corroon, who was part of a Utah delegation that visited Delta headquarters in Atlanta this week.
Delta spokeswoman Gina Laughlin said the airline remains interested in creating the flight.
Roy Williams, executive director of Salt Lake City International Airport, said the request for service by next summer was a "long shot."
The Utah Board of Tourism Development, Salt Lake City Airport Authority and Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau have pledged $650,000 to promote a new flight to Europe.
Delta has been expanding international service as part of a restructuring plan. The airline filed for bankruptcy protection in September 2005.
"They want to feel comfortable that going down this path makes financial sense," Corroon said of new flights.
What I think Roy Williams is saying that SLC isn't quite ready to accommodate such flights yet, and some significant airport improvements MUST be made before such flights can be offered by DL. Despite what many naysayers here on a.net have said, the market demography is here for SLC to have such flights, just the lack of physical facilities.
I think this is just Delta's way of telling SLC: "If you prepare for it and build it; it will come."