Airlines Offer Fewer Flights to Salt Lake City

For the first time in memory, airlines are cutting flights into Salt Lake City Int'l Airport even as demand for seats is growing.

Gann said the number of flights has decreased because the airlines are changing how they use the airport. Carriers are using more regional jets and fewer full-sized aircraft. They are adding new destinations and increasing the number of times they fly to other destinations at the same time they are reducing flights to other markets.

"We are doing smarter flying, which is when passengers want to travel," Delta spokesman Anthony Black said.

One big result is healthier airlines. On Tuesday, United reported its first quarterly profit in six years. Delta is creeping toward profitability. If it weren't paying millions of dollars to restructure, the airline would have earned money in April and May. Experts say the entire industry may report of profit this year - or come close.

"I think people here are used to receiving a very healthy level of air service, and that's what they are receiving," Gann said.

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