Utah And Japan Now Linked Daily By Air
Published: 9th June, 2009
Utah and Japan Now Linked Daily by Air New non-stop will begin a closer economic relationship Salt Lake City - Japan is the world’s second largest economy with a gross domestic product of $4.9 trillion according to the International Monetary Fund. In 2008, Japan was Utah’s fourth largest export destination in Asia and seventh largest overall export destination with $376 million in product shipped. Utah’s export products include high-tech medical devices, food preparations, vehicle parts, and cosmetics. Now a new non-stop flight from Salt Lake City to Tokyo will connect the two economies with regular arrivals on Delta airlines. “ We have seen the strength of the Utah economy demonstrated this past year as the rest of the country has experienced major declines in productivity and general business activity, but Utah’s business community continues to be relatively optimistic,” said Spence Eccles, chairman emeritus Wells Fargo Bank. “This new direct flight to Tokyo, Japan will further add to our ability to keep the Utah economy strong. Pacific rim business leaders who have never seen Utah will get their first chance to experience what we have to offer when they arrive in the U.S. thanks to Delta’s vision of what the Salt Lake hub can do for their flight network.” Delta could not have picked a better airport for this non-stop link to Asia. Utah has for the past two years in a row been ranked as the most on-time airport, and JD Power just ranked Salt Lake International Airport among the best airports in the Country. Salt Lake City International had the fewest canceled flights in the Country. Salt Lake International Airport is currently Delta’s second largest hub after Atlanta. “The Utah economy is resilient, even in these tough economic times. This international flight expansion is greatly welcomed as it will further increase the importance of the airport and will assist our efforts to showcase Utah to an ever widening audience of business leaders and tourists,” said Jason Perry, executive director, of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.