Northwest Airlines Announces New Nonstop Jet Service Between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Lexington, Ky.

One daily flight to begin June 9

MINNEAPOLIS, March 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Northwest Airlines (NASDAQ:NWAC) today announced new nonstop jet service between its hub at Minneapolis/St. Paul and Lexington, Ky. One daily flight will be offered beginning June 9.

“Northwest Airlines is pleased to continue to grow its service in Lexington,” said Tom Bach, vice president of market planning and Airlink. “Minneapolis/St. Paul is one of the most requested destinations among travelers in the Bluegrass region, and customers traveling through our hub at Minneapolis/St. Paul will enjoy convenient connections to cities throughout the Midwest, West, Hawaii, Alaska and western Canada.”

The additional flight will complement existing Northwest service between Lexington and Northwest’s hubs at Detroit and Memphis, Tenn., making Blue Grass Airport the 61st Northwest U.S. destination with nonstop flights to all three Northwest domestic hubs, with connections to hundreds of destinations worldwide through Northwest and its SkyTeam partners. Northwest is the leading carrier of international passengers in Lexington.

“Blue Grass Airport welcomes Northwest Airlines’ decision to add a new nonstop jet flight from Lexington to a third hub,” said Michael Gobb, the airport’s executive director. “To lure this new service to the Blue Grass region, over 300 Central Kentucky companies and individuals submitted letters of support to Northwest Airlines detailing the need for access to Minneapolis and beyond. Northwest has been a generous partner in our efforts to connect central Kentucky to the world, and we look forward to expanding that partnership through new daily jet service to Minneapolis.”

“Today’s announcement of nonstop service to Minneapolis/St. Paul is an important benchmark in the continued growth and diversity of our economy,” added U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler (D-Ky.). “Lexington is a great place to do business and Northwest Airlines is an important partner in the continued growth of this region. As a new member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation, I look forward to making sure Blue Grass Airport provides top quality air service for years to come.”

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

Lexington brings to 170 the number of destinations served from Northwest’s hub at Minneapolis/St. Paul.

In addition to Lexington, Northwest and its Airlink partners serve four destinations in Kentucky, including Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Louisville and Paducah.

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-Lexington service

Flight number: Departs: Arrives:

NW 2977* 7:05 p.m. 10:15 p.m.

New Lexington/Minneapolis/St. Paul service

Flight number: Departs: Arrives:

NW 5605** 7:00 a.m. 8:05 a.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.

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