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In June, I wrote about how Delta Air Lines was launching Saturday-only service to Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport (LAS), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), and Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Now two of the four routes are being dropped from the schedule.
These routes were unique because they took advantage of the exception to the perimeter rule on Saturdays. While the rule (that was established in 1984 by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey) states that no flights over 1,500 miles are permitted, Saturdays don’t have the restriction and open to lengthy routes.
I wondered when these were added to the schedule if they would last and I guess the answer is not for two of them. After January 6th, only the Las Vegas and Salt Lake City flights will remain. No word as to what is causing these routes to disappear, but I’d guess loads were not as high as expected. Delta will continue to fly from New York John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to all four destinations.
Anthony’s Take: While I find LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to be more convenient than New York John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK), these flights had limited appeal and apparently were not generating the numbers Delta wanted.
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