Published on : Thursday, July 31, 2014
As first revealed by the AirlineRoute schedules, the new route will commence from May 1, 2015 on a five times weekly basis using a Boeing 767-300ER before growing to a daily schedule from May 17, 2015.
The new route will complement Delta’s existing flight between Salt Lake City and Paris and will provide links from the capital and the most populous city in the state of Utah to both the European hubs of Delta’s SkyTeam alliance partners, Air France and KLM. Salt Lake City became a Delta hub in 1987 when the carrier acquired Western Airlines and was expanded in the late 2000s following the integration of Northwest Airlines operations into the Delta brand.
The US major now accounts for more than 70 per cent of the available annual seat capacity from the airport.
Delta introduced Salt Lake City’s first regular transatlantic connection to Europe in June 2008 when it inaugurated flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and has seen traffic on the route grow over the subsequent years through a mix of point-to-point demand and transfer passengers connecting across Europe and further afield via the Air France network.
According to MIDT data, bi-directional O&D passengers between Salt Lake City and Paris CDG have grown from 26,000 in Delta’s first full year of operations in 2009 to 29,000 last year, although there were falls in demand in both 2010 and 2011.
But it is the wider European market that provides this route with additional passenger demand with around 190,000 passengers a year flying to and from the Continent from and to Salt Lake City.
The introduction of the new Salt Lake City – Amsterdam route may dilute demand on the existing flight to the French capital, but with added connection opportunities from Schiphol Airport through the KLM network, Delta will hope to further boost connectivity between the Utah city and the wider European market, particularly into the UK which is extensively served by the Dutch flag carrier.