Salt Lake Will Remain in Picture for Delta Air Lines

Salt Lake Will Remain in Picture for Delta Air Lines

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Delta Air Lines representative did not say whether Salt Lake City will retain its hub status, but he said the city definitely will remain in the picture after the airline's restructuring.

"We are committed to this community, and the Salt Lake hub is important to us," Sargon Younan, Delta's Rocky Mountain regional district sales manager, told the Utah Air Travel Commission on Wednesday. "We're looking to become more profitable, and definitely Utah is in that picture."

Younan said details of Delta's restructuring plan will be released in the next two weeks.

Industry analysts have speculated that Delta may have to scrap money-losing leisure routes and smaller hubs like Salt Lake City.

Airport officials continued to decline to comment on Delta's restructuring and its possible effect on Salt Lake City International Airport.

"I understand where Sargon's coming from, but we're just going to keep our line" of not commenting on the situation, airport spokeswoman Barbara Gann said.

Air travel commission member Keith Christensen said he is being careful not to read too much into Younan's statement. "Yeah, he said Salt Lake is definitely in the financial mix (but) I don't think you can read much more or less into that comment."

Delta is seeking $1 billion in concessions from its pilots and has threatened to file for bankruptcy if it doesn't get those cuts.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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