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Delta Air Lines will resume flying to Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) from LaGuardia Airport (LGA) on July 8th. This will mark the longest flight operating from LaGuardia and a route that Delta has not flown since 2012. Flights will be once per week on Saturdays (on an Airbus A220) as the airport has a perimeter rule that doesn’t allow service on other days of the week.
LaGuardia’s perimeter rule limits flights to within 1,500 miles of the airport. The only exceptions are flights to Denver International Airport (DEN) and flights on Saturdays. The flight to Salt Lake City clocks in at 1,982 miles. American Airlines currently holds the title for the longest flight with its service to Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA), which is 21 miles shorter. Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) also operated by American is the only other flight above the 1,500-mile limit (it clocks in at 1,810 miles).
It’s anyone’s guess as to why Delta is restarting this route as it cuts others (more details here) and how successful it will be once running. This could be used as a feeder from its SLC hub to the west coast and beyond. The flights are seasonal with an end date scheduled for September 2nd.
Anthony’s Take: The perimeter rule at LaGuardia has always fascinated me and it’s interesting to see airlines pushing its boundaries. We’ll see how full these flights are and if Delta brings the route back in the future.
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How will International flights by Delta be affected in late September, 2023…specially to Heathrow?
Tough to say. International flights generally get some priority.
With today’s equipment why does LGA even have a perimeter rule. I flew 727’s in the 70’s,80’s, and the 90’s and understood the reasoning behind it then, but it’s ridiculous now.