Northwest Airlines Announces New Nonstop Service Between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Idaho Falls, Idaho

One Daily Flight to Begin June 9

MINNEAPOLIS, March 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Northwest Airlines (NASDAQ:NWAC) today announced new nonstop jet service between its hub at Minneapolis/St. Paul and Idaho Falls, Idaho. One daily flight will be offered beginning June 9.

“Northwest Airlines is pleased to welcome Idaho Falls to its growing global network,” said Tom Bach, vice president of market planning and Airlink. “This will be the only nonstop service from Idaho Falls to a hub east of Idaho. Customers traveling through our hub at Minneapolis/St. Paul will enjoy convenient connections to Northwest destinations in the Midwest, the eastern and southern United States, Canada and Europe, as well as cities throughout the world served by our partner airlines, including KLM and Delta Air Lines.”

“This announcement is exciting news for Idaho Falls and the region,” said Idaho Falls Mayor Linda Milam. “With another hub and many more destinations now available, the air traveling public will be better served from Idaho Falls Regional Airport.”

Idaho’s two U.S. senators also lauded the announcement.

“As someone who flies Northwest to Idaho nearly every weekend, I know this new service in Idaho Falls is a boon to the residents and businesses of eastern Idaho and is a testament to the economic vitality and positive outlook for the future,” said Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho). “The additional competition will not only improve the service and cost, but will make Idaho Falls more appealing to businesses looking to locate in eastern Idaho.”

“This new service is yet another encouraging sign of economic growth and stability in eastern Idaho,” added Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). “Now that Northwest has announced this nonstop service from Idaho Falls to an eastern hub city, I offer my best wishes for a successful endeavor.”

The new service will be operated by Northwest Airlink partner Pinnacle Airlines Corp. using the Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ), which seats up to 50 passengers.

The new flight brings to 169 the number of destinations served from Northwest’s hub at Minneapolis/St. Paul. Idaho Falls will be the second city in Idaho served by Northwest and its Airlink partners, complementing existing daily service between Boise and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Northwest’s new service is now available for sale at http://www.nwa.com/ , by telephone at Northwest Airlines Reservations at 1-800-225-2525 or through travel agencies.

New Minneapolis/St. Paul-Idaho Falls service

Flight number: Departs: Arrives:

NW 2932* 9:00 p.m. 10:44 p.m.

New Idaho Falls-Minneapolis/St. Paul service

Flight number: Departs: Arrives:

NW 2931** 8:45 a.m. 12:11 p.m.

* Effective June 9
** Effective June 10

Northwest Airlines is the world’s fourth largest airline with hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo and Amsterdam, and approximately 1,500 daily departures. Northwest is a member of SkyTeam, an airline alliance that offers customers one of the world’s most extensive global networks. Northwest and its travel partners serve more than 900 cities in excess of 160 countries on six continents. A 2004 J.D. Power and Associates study of airports ranked Minneapolis/St. Paul, one of Northwest’s largest hubs, fourth among large domestic airports in overall customer satisfaction.

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