Salt Lake City International Airport
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2925m x 46m
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Salt Lake City International Airport is the major gateway to the state of Utah. Hosting domestic, regional and international services for over 10 airlines, the airport is a major hub for Delta Air Lines and Delta Connection/SkyWest Airlines.
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Just as competition heats up at its largest base and headquarters in Seattle, Alaska Air Group in mid-Jun-2014 obtained investment grade status from ratings agency Fitch – a designation held by few global airlines and only one other US airline – Southwest Airlines.
Alaska’s rival - and partner - Delta, which is now often dubbed the darling of the industry for its strong financial performance, has been working consistently to achieve what it deems as “investment grade like” metrics.
Alaska’s ability to deliver a real investment grade performance reflects strong fundamentals including a favourable leverage ratio and consistently strong cash flow. But much of the company’s ability to achieve consistently solid results has gone largely unnoticed during the past few years, and now with Delta’s relentless pursuit of expansion in Seattle at the expense of Alaska, the financial foundation Alaska has built is now more important than ever.
Alaska Air Group’s strong financial performance in 1Q2014 was largely overshadowed by the competitive issue that has dogged the company throughout the last year – how Delta’s abandonment of Alaska and the mammoth carrier’s build-up in Seattle will ultimately affect Alaska.
Beyond acknowledging that the capacity Delta is introducing in Seattle is challenging, and laying out a detailed plan to combat some of the oversupply, there is little Alaska can do to shine a light on exactly how the new dynamics at its largest base and headquarters will ultimately affect its fortunes.
If the supply-demand scenario remains unbalanced on certain routes from Seattle over a long period of time, then something will have to change. At that point it will be interesting to see if Delta with all its scale and might pulls back, or if Alaska is forced to re-think how it utilises its most important hub.
Alaska Air Group began 2014 facing an imbalance of supply at its headquarters and largest base Seattle. It was created by an unlikely but now familiar foe: its largest codeshare partner by revenue Delta Air Lines.
Throughout much of 2013 Delta blatantly touted its build-up in Seattle that includes numerous new flights into key domestic markets served by Alaska. Delta is building Seattle into a major US gateway on the west coast to Asia, and has decided it would rather feed passengers into those long-haul flights on its own metal rather than leverage its long-standing relationship with Alaska.
Alaska continues to field questions about the status of its partnership with Delta and how it intends to compete with a much larger enterprise in Seattle. Alaska believes it is well-equipped to withstand both the competition and the diminished relationship with Delta. One major part of its strategy is a capacity shift to ameliorate the oversupply in Seattle.
Southwest Airlines marks a watershed historical moment in Oct-2014 with the official repeal of the Wright Amendment that has restricted flights from its home at Dallas Love Field for nearly 36 years. The carrier kicked off what could be a year-long celebration in Oct-2013 when it installed a clock at its headquarters officially counting the days, minutes and hours until the restrictions expired.
In early Feb-2014 Southwest revealed 15 non-stop longer-haul routes it plans to inaugurate from Dallas Love Field in late 2014. The markets unsurprisingly comprise some of Southwest’s largest markets in terms of daily departures including Denver, Chicago Midway and Baltimore-Washington. Other markets listed on the roster are strategic business routes including New York LaGuardia and Washington National.
Free from the years-long artificial constraints of the Wright Amendment, Southwest believes it can ignite true competition in North Texas, weakening American’s stronghold on higher fares in the market. But the US airline industry is drastically different today from when Southwest successfully campaigned to demolish the amendment in 2006, and its repeal in 2014 may be more of a unifying force for Southwest employees than a major game changer in the current competitive landscape.
Alaska Air Group finished 4Q2013 and FY2013 on a strong note ahead of a competitive onslaught by Delta at Alaska’s Seattle’s hub reaching a crescendo during 2014. Alaska Airlines grew its profits despite facing a higher level of competitive capacity in many of its markets and having numerous routes within its network in the developmental phase.
At the start of 2014 the canny Alaska appears poised to move on from its diminishing relationship with Delta while possibly exploring new opportunities with American as that carrier becomes entrenched in merger integration.
Overall Alaska is maintaining a positive view for 2014 as demand for the moment seems stable and its financial health is strong. While it seems the competitive network pressure continues unabated in 2014, Alaska believes it is capable of demonstrating its staying power.
After remaining relatively quiet on Delta’s bold moves into key markets from its Seattle hub, Alaska Air Group has opted to try competing elsewhere with Delta through the introduction of four new markets from Delta’s Salt Lake City in Jun-2014.
The move by Alaska is interesting given it has served Salt Lake City for little more than a year after introducing service to Seattle in Apr-2013. While it takes varying timeframes for routes to reach a certain level of maturity, Alaska must be encouraged by the early returns on its performance in Salt Lake City, and feels comfortable expanding into markets where it has ample brand recognition, and in some cases, a solid position of strength.
Even as Alaska’s decision to add service from Salt Lake City seems to be a response to Delta’s latest aggressive moves in Seattle, the expansion also reflects Alaska’s years-long strategy to diversify its route network outside the US Pacific Northwest into more transcontinental and mid-continental markets.