Delta Air Lines Signs Long-Term Lease With Salt Lake City International Airport

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The agreement will see Delta Air Lines’ hub at the airport continue operating until at least 2044.

Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-900 Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Delta Air Lines has agreed a contract extension with Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) that will see the carrier maintain its hub at the airport for another 20 years. The agreement also comes with the option to further extend the lease for another 10 years past 2044.

With over 400 daily departures, Salt Lake City International Airport is Delta Air Lines’ fourth-largest hub, behind Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL), Detroit (DTW), and Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP). In addition to providing a continued boost to the region’s economy, the agreement will also bring increased job security for the almost 4,000 Delta Air Lines employees in Salt Lake City.


The city’s mayor, Erin Mendenhall, celebrated the news, saying,

“I’m thrilled to see key partners like Delta deepen their roots in our incredible capital city. Salt Lake City’s strong economy, skilled workforce, and welcoming culture continue to attract investments – big and small – from companies around the world.”

Delta A330neo takeoff

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Ongoing expansion at Salt Lake City International Airport

As part of the deal, Delta Air Lines will help with funding for the $680 million 16-gate expansion of Concourse B at Salt Lake City International Airport.

Around 70% of all flights at Salt Lake City International Airport are operated by Delta Air Lines. From the airport, the SkyTeam member flies to destinations across the US, Canada, and Mexico. It also operates three Transatlantic routes – to London Heathrow (LHR), Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS), and Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG).

Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-300

Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Delta Air Lines’ long-haul routes from Salt Lake City are operated by the carrier’s Airbus A330-300 and Airbus A330-900 aircraft, which seat a total of 282 and 281 passengers respectively, in a three-class configuration.

While no plans have been revealed, if the airline were to further expand its long-haul network from Salt Lake City, likely candidates would be other SkyTeam hubs, such as Madrid (Air Europa), Rome (ITA Airways), and Seoul (Korean Air).

Delta Air Lines onboard WiFi

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The most punctual airport in the US

Earlier this week, Salt Lake City International Airport was recognized as the number one airport in the US and number three worldwide for on-time performance. This achievement is particularly impressive considering the adverse weather conditions that the area regularly faces, and the airport took to Twitter to celebrate the news:

Are you a regular flyer on Delta Air Lines to or from Salt Lake City International Airport? What do you think of the 20-year extension to the airline’s hub? Do you see further expansion on the horizon? Share your thoughts by commenting below.

  • Delta A350
    Delta Airlines

    IATA/ICAO code: DL/DAL

    Airline type: Full service carrier

    Stroke(s): Boston Logan International Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, New York JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Salt Lake City International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

    Year Founded: 1929

    Alliance: SkyTeam

    CEO: Ed Bastian

    Country: United States

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