Cedar City, UT Airport, Operated by Delta Airlines!
Cedar City Airport (CDC) is an incredibly unique airport. Located just a couple of hours north of Las Vegas, the CDC airport has only 1 airline, only 1 destination, only 1 gate, only 1 checkin counter, and only 1 operator. That operator would be Delta Airlines.
Cedar City Airport is funded and subsidized (yea, you heard me right, subsidized) by the Essential Air Service program from the US Government. Do you remember many moons ago when Delta was making a huge fuss about how the Middle East airlines get millions in subsidies from their governments? Convenient that they forgot about how they also, for all intents and purposes, own and operate this entire airport.
We rolled up to the airport and parked in the rental car parking lot, just off to the left hand side of the terminal.
There was no one there to take our car keys, considering that Enterprise Rent a Car doesn’t work on Saturday or Sunday. We dropped off the keys in the box, wrote down the mileage, and came in to the airport.
Before we headed in, we noticed the curious hours of operation sign on the door. Just check it out.
Open 8-630 M-F, and then for 2 hours on Saturday and 2 hours on Sunday. Just enough to service the one and only flight to and from Salt Lake City.
Just past the entrance is the baggage claim door. Why bother having a carousel when you can just roll up the metal gate and throw the bags onto the mat?
We walked all the way down to the one checkin counter. I love that there is a Sky Priority line when … in reality … there are all of 36 people checking in for the flight.
Time from walking in to check in finishing was 90 seconds.
We walked the long 20 feet to the Security Check, but not before we were greeted with a VERY scary sign. Look out Cedar City, you’re on the FRONT LINES OF TERRORISM PROTECTION!
Hungry? How about the hospital cafeteria vending area with 1997 Magic Chef microwave?
Before heading to security you can check out how Cedar City, the Festival City, throws a party!
Check out the security line – 5 people deep, quite the backlog!
Once you made it through TSA security (by the way Pre Check didn’t exist, but we were allowed to keep our shoes on) you dump into the holding pen.
And just like that, you could hear the plane approaching down the runway. Don’t be concerned with any jetbridge, we’ll just open up the door and let y’all walk out onto the tarmac.
And with that, we were on our 42 minute flight to Salt Lake City.
I’m not sure how to react to Cedar City. One one hand, I think it’s awesome that there’s an airport with service to Salt Lake City. On the other hand, St George is about a 30 minute drive south and there are multiple destinations and multiple airlines that service this. Why is it necessary for one airline (Delta) to be paid subsidies to run flights and, for all intents and purposes, this airport? I’m sure it’s incredibly useful for people living in Cedar City (population 31,200) but couldn’t they also just drive 30 minutes to St George?
Seems to me like Delta shouldn’t be complaining much about government subsidies when it’s quite obvious that government subsidies are the only thing keeping this airport alive.