Im curious on how this is a victory for CDC? The vast majority of the traffic from CDC is local to SLC
. There is virtually no connect traffic (less than 40%). It has been widely reported that Mesa was carrying anywhere from 60-75% of the traffic that OO
had been, so frankly, there was a much higher economic benefit to the community for connecting flights over LAS
. The community sees no ecnonomic benefit for people flying local to SLC
. They rent no cars, stay in no hotels, and eat relatively few meals in the community. Someone connecting to another destination likely is doing that. It is also virtually impossible to compete with OO
in SGU with 7 flights daily to SLC
and less than a 45 minute drive down I-25.
Sure they may get their $1m in AIP funding with OO
someday (unlikely), but AIP funding isnt everything, counter to what airport managers will tell you.
The one mistake that Mesa made was to listen to the leaders of CDC and fly to SLC
without a DL
codeshare. Traffic to PHX
on 1 trip is higher than it was with 2 trips to SLC