EAGAN, Minn., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Northwest Airlines
(Nasdaq: NWAC) today announced that it will add new nonstop seasonal service
from both Milwaukee and Indianapolis to Cancun, Mexico, from Feb. 19 through
April 30, 2005, pending final approval from the Mexican government.
The new Milwaukee flight will be the only nonstop service operated by a
scheduled airline to Cancun.
The airline also announced that it will add a third daily frequency
between Milwaukee and Washington, beginning March 1, 2005.
"Northwest's new nonstop service to Cancun will provide Southeastern
Wisconsin travelers with all of the conveniences and comforts that only a
scheduled airline can offer," said Jim Cron, vice president of domestic
pricing and yield management. "In addition, our new mid-day service between
Milwaukee and Washington will provide business travelers with more nonstop
The new Cancun flights from both Indianapolis and Milwaukee will be
operated on Saturdays with Northwest's modern Airbus A320 aircraft, with 16
seats in first class and 132 seats in coach class. Flight 1923 will depart
Indianapolis at 2:05 p.m., and arrive Cancun at 5:25 p.m. On the return,
flight 1922 will depart Cancun at 6:20 p.m., and arrive in Indianapolis at
9:32 p.m. From Milwaukee, flight 1939 will depart at 2:20 p.m., arriving in
Cancun at 6:10 p.m. On the return, flight 1938 will depart Cancun at 7:10 p.m.
and arrive in Milwaukee at 11:05 p.m.
"Our new flight to Cancun provides our many loyal customers in
Indianapolis with new opportunities to earn and redeem WorldPerks frequent
flyer miles and use Northwest's fast self-service check-in options when flying
to one of their favorite vacation cities," said Fay Beauchine, vice president
of sales and customer care. "Whether flying for business or pleasure,
Northwest has the experience, comprehensive domestic and international network,
and the know-how to meet the needs of travelers in the Heartland of America."
Northwest's third flight from Milwaukee to Washington will be operated
daily by Northwest Airlink partner Pinnacle Airlines with Canadair Regional
Jets (CRJs) seating up to 50 passengers.
Northwest has been steadily adding nonstop flights from Indianapolis and
Milwaukee to popular business and leisure destinations throughout North
America. Cancun will be Northwest's 21st nonstop destination and first
international service from Indianapolis, and 17th nonstop destination and
second international flight from Milwaukee.
In 2004 alone, Northwest announced new nonstop service from Milwaukee to
Baltimore, Ft. Myers, Fla., Kansas City, Mo., Pittsburgh, St. Louis and
Toronto, and announced additional frequencies to Boston, New York and
Washington. When the third Washington flight begins in March, Northwest will
offer up to 37 flights a day from Milwaukee, more than any global network
airline serving General Mitchell International Airport.
Also in 2004, Northwest announced new nonstop service from Indianapolis to
Boston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Ft. Myers, Hartford, Conn.,
Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Fla., Philadelphia,
Phoenix, Raleigh/Durham, N.C., Sarasota, Fla., Tampa, Fla., Washington and
West Palm Beach, Fla. Northwest will offer up to 49 flights a day from
Indianapolis, more flights to more nonstop destinations than any other airline
serving Indianapolis International Airport.
Customers currently holding tickets on connecting itineraries to Cancun
can change to Northwest's new nonstop service without paying an administrative
change fee by contacting Northwest or their travel agent by January 15, 2005.
When the new flights are added, Northwest will offer up to eight flights
to Cancun from five U.S. cities, including two seasonal flights from its
WorldGateway at Detroit hub, three seasonal flights from its Minneapolis/St.
Paul hub, and one seasonal flight from both Indianapolis and Milwaukee.
Service is offered either daily or Saturday only, operated during various
periods during the peak winter and spring seasons. In addition, Northwest
offers one year-round flight from its Memphis, Tenn. hub to Cancun.
Northwest's new flights to Cancun and Washington are currently open for
sale at http://www.nwa.com , through Northwest Airlines Reservations at
1-800-225-2525 or through some travel agencies. All of the flights will be
widely available for sale on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004. Value-priced vacation
packages to Cancun and Washington are available through Northwest Airlines
WorldVacations online at http://www.nwaworldvacations.com , by telephone at
1-800-800-1504, or through travel agents.
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 and its travel partners serve nearly 750
cities in almost 120 countries on six continents. In 2003, consumers from
throughout the world recognized Northwest's efforts to make travel easier.
Northwest's WorldPerks program was named the most popular North American
frequent flyer program by readers of TIME Asia in the 2003 TIME Readers'
Travel Choice Awards. A 2003 J.D. Power and Associates study of airports
ranked Minneapolis/St. Paul and Detroit, home to Northwest's two largest hubs,
in second and fourth place among large domestic airports in overall customer
SOURCE Northwest Airlines