Northwest to Fly Nonstop From Milwaukee and Indianapolis to Cancun, Mexico

Airline Also Adding Third Daily Flight Between Milwaukee and Washington

Dec 15, 2004, 00:00 ET from Northwest Airlines

    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 , 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 , 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

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