N649DL wrote:Fargo wrote:Pi7472000 wrote:I would be surpriaed to see SLC grow like DEN. I was just there and it was a small city. Yes, it is growing and isolated, but compared to Denver it felt small. SLC seems to have great service for a city of its size. Maybe a few more frequencies would be nice, especially to the East.
The SLC CSA is over 2.6 million and growing, not huge, but not small potatoes either.
To clarify, I am not saying DL at SLC matches UA at DEN, as UA is over 500 flights and growing. However, I don't see why getting it to around 400 with more regional destination adds isn't feasible.
IDK, to me that's quite small for the amount of service DL serves from the hub. I used to live in DEN and I thought that was small as it's the #19 largest metro in the US and SLC is #47.
It's worth pointing out that the SLC metro area's boundaries exclude a lot of the actual population in the area. There are about 4 or 5 different MSAs within an hour's drive of the airport, so to really get a sense of the population size of Salt Lake you need to look at the CSAs. Salt Lake's CSA is actually the 23rd largest in the country, at 2.6m, and Denver's is 15th, at 3.6m, so the difference in size isn't as big as it seems when looking only at the MSAs.
Besides, as has been said before, airport traffic does not depend entirely on population size. There are plenty of even larger airports serving even smaller population centers around the world than SLC.