Northwest Airlines Announces New Nonstop Service Between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Marquette, Mich.

One Daily Flight to Begin June 9

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

“Northwest Airlines is pleased to increase service in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula,” said Tom Bach, vice president of market planning and Airlink. “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 four daily flights Northwest currently offers between Marquette and its hub at Detroit. Northwest previously served Minneapolis/St. Paul from Marquette with one-stop service via Houghton, Mich.

“Sawyer International Airport and Marquette County and local business leaders are excited about the return of service to Minneapolis,” said Keith Kaspari, manager of Sawyer International Airport. “This flight will benefit business and leisure travelers alike with time-saving connections to destinations throughout the Northwest network.”

“As our government and business communities begin to see the benefits of minimizing the digital divide in rural communities, northern Michigan continues to see improved access in technological services, healthcare and travel,” added U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich). “I applaud Northwest Airlines for this additional route and for understanding rural communities provide an untapped market in the travel industry. This step will provide a benefit to both Northwest Airlines and northern Michigan travelers.”

The new flight will be operated by Northwest Airlink partner Mesaba Airlines using the Saab 340 turboprop, which seats up to 34 passengers.

Marquette brings to 171 the number of destinations served from Northwest’s hub at Minneapolis/St. Paul.

As a seasonal enhancement, Northwest also is adding weekend service between Detroit and Rhinelander, Wisc., and is upgrading service between Detroit and Pellston, Mich., with additional jet flights.

Northwest’s new service will be available for sale on Saturday, April 9 at , by telephone at Northwest Airlines reservations at 1-800- 225-2525 or through travel agencies.

New Minneapolis/St. Paul-Marquette service

Flight number: Departs: Arrives:

NW 3380* 3:16 p.m. 5:51 p.m.

New Marquette-Minneapolis/St. Paul service

Flight number: Departs: Arrives:

NW 3383* 7:40 p.m. 8:20 p.m.

*Effective June 9

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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