Is Salt Lake City the Next Hot Destination?

From time to time, FareCompare lets readers know about hot destinations, generally cities that have  acquired a lot of  airline competition which keeps ticket prices down. These include Boston, Denver and more recently, Seattle. Will Salt Lake City be joining them? Here’s what’s happening.

New Salt Lake City Routes

As Aviation Week reports, Alaska Airlines is in the midst of a “measured expansion” at Salt Lake International where it will add 11 new daily departures. This includes another flight between Salt Lake and Seattle for a total of three non-stops a day. Other new non-stops from Salt Lake include the following destinations:

  • Boise
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Portland, Ore.
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose, Calif.

Salt Lake and Delta

For years now, Salt Lake has been a hub for Delta Air Lines, which is far and away the dominant carrier at the Utah airport which is also served by American, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, United and – increasingly – Alaska Airlines.

Why Salt Lake City?

Why not? Utah’s capital, nestled up against the Wasatch Range is minutes from some of the  best skiing in the U.S. Another plus: Utah is home to five national parks (only Alaska and California have more) including the incomparable Zion. What’s not to like?

But the real question is, will Alaska’s expansion make Delta nervous, and will other airlines begin to compete more vigorously in this Rocky Mountain region? That could mean cheaper flights for travelers in the not-too-distant future but it’s a little early to tell. Meanwhile, keep watching the news here on FareCompare and we’ll let you know.

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Published: June 17, 2014