KBRA assigns an AA- rating to the Salt Lake City, Utah Airport Tax Obligations (Salt Lake City International Airport), Series 2021A and B; the outlook is stable
NEW YORK–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns a long-term rating of AA- with a stable outlook to Airport Bonds in Salt Lake City, Utah (Salt Lake City International Airport), Series 2021A (AMT) and Series 2021B ( non-AMT). The outlook is stable.
The strength of the SLC Air Service Area (ASA); favorable boarding trends, including a post-pandemic resumption of traffic that has overtaken many US airports; and historically low debt levels underpin the rating. Offsetting the aforementioned strengths, the airport relies on traffic generated by Delta Air Lines (Delta) and its regional subsidiaries, although Delta has recently reaffirmed its commitment to the airport given its strategic importance to Delta’s domestic network. Although the leverage associated with the new SLC results in increased costs and debt per boarded passenger once program funding is fully implemented, the levels remain competitive, particularly against airports of size and profile. similar.
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