Utah's state capital is back on Pittsburgh's route map.

On Friday, Delta Air Lines announced that it will resume nonstop service between Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) and Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) beginning Saturday, November 23, just in time for the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel period.

Delta will operate the route daily on a year-round basis. The outbound flight will depart PIT at 5:40 p.m. and arrives at SLC at 8:12 p.m. local time. The return flight departs SLC at 11 a.m. and arrives at PIT at 4:39 p.m. local time.

Flights will go on sale Saturday, June 22 and will be available for purchase at delta.com.

SLC until today was the largest unserved market from Pittsburgh. Delta initially began the PIT-SLC route in 2018 until pausing the route in early 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Restoring the route was a top priority for PIT, which worked with Delta on a return date since the pandemic's beginning.

"We're excited Delta is resuming its nonstop service to Salt Lake City, a western market very popular with our business and leisure travelers," said Bryan Dietz, Senior Vice President of Air Service & Commercial Development at PIT. "This is another huge win for PIT's growing service portfolio to the Western United States market and an indicator of the region's strong post-pandemic recovery."

The carrier will utilize 160-seat Boeing 737-800s which offer over 21 percent more seats than the Airbus A319s that previously operated the route. Delta states that in addition to offering free WiFi and in-flight entertainment, the 737-800 fleet are currently being upgraded with its latest onboard product "aimed to provide an enhanced premium travel experience."

According to a press release, the estimated annual economic impact of the PIT-SLC direct route is $16 million annually which will support 155 direct and indirect jobs.

In addition to Salt Lake City, PIT recently began flights to San Diego on Breeze Airways in May and Southwest Airlines earlier this month.

Other western destinations served nonstop from PIT include Denver on Frontier Airlines, Southwest and United (which recently increased flights to three times a day); Las Vegas on Southwest and Spirit; and Phoenix on American Airlines and Southwest.