SESGDL wrote:DLASFlyer wrote:FLALEFTY wrote:This gets me to wondering if SLC isn't anticipating Delta reducing or even closing the SLC hub after Delta completes their post-COVID restructuring? With Delta's international hub at SEA likely to be restored to near-pre-COVID activity, will Delta still need 2 hubs serving the Mountain West and Northwest regions?
SLC isn't going anywhere. It serves the same key role as Denver for UA. BOS, SEA, LAX and either MSP or DTW would go before SLC.
Are you kidding? SLC is going to outlast MSP and DTW, DL's 2nd and 3rd largest markets, hubs, and revenue generators? SLC is a mid-tier hub, at best. SLC is no DEN. While I don't think SLC is going anywhere, it's far more vulnerable than either MSP or DTW, both of which are larger and higher yielding markets.
Potentially de-hubbing SLC is just silly, you can't replace something with nothing. Every city one of the US big 3 and their predecessors has de-hubbed had another hub quite close by. There is nothing close to SLC for Delta. The other two western hubs LAX and SEA (both really just focus cities) have far less Delta service and are located on the coast where the costs of constantly flying to the coast and backtracking would be dealbreakers.
Why is A-net so obsessed with de-hubbing? I don't think there will be any hubs lost to Covid. Airlines have actually been adding hubs/focus cities not reducing them over the last decade.