Northwest Airlines last week announced that it will operate larger aircraft and offer additional flights as part of its summer Traverse City schedule, developed to meet the needs of travelers to one of Michiganå‘s most popular vacation destinations. In total, the changes will result in Northwest offering an additional 269 seats in the Traverse City market every day.
Starting May 1, Northwest will offer an additional frequency on both its Detroit-Traverse City and Minneapolis/St. Paul-Traverse City routes. The additional flights will create additional connecting opportunities to Traverse City from hundreds of destinations spanning the globe through Northwest’s convenient hubs in Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Both of the additional flights will be operated by Northwest Airlink partner, Mesaba Airlines, with the 34-passenger Saab 340 turbo-prop airliner.
In addition, Northwest announced that it would be upgrading existing Detroit-Traverse City flights to larger aircraft:
- Effective May 1, one flight will be upgraded from a 34-passenger Saab turbo-prop to a DC9-30, able to accommodate a total of 100 passengers in Northwest’s standard two-class configuration of 16 seats in First Class and 84 seats in Coach Class - Effective June 7, a third frequency will be upgraded from a DC9 to a Boeing 727 with a capacity of 149 passengers, with 12 seats in First Class and 137 seats in Coach Class - Effective July 1, another flight will be upgraded from a 50-passenger Canadair regional jet to a DC9, able to accommodate a total of 100 passengers in Northwest’s standard two-class configuration.
The airline also announced summer upgrades from turbo-prop aircraft to jets on its Minneapolis/St. Paul-Traverse City flights:
- Effective June 10, the evening Minneapolis-Traverse City and morning Traverse City-Minneapolis/St. Paul flights will be upgraded to a DC9-30, with a capacity of 100 passengers in Northwest’s standard two-class configuration - Effective June 8, the morning Minneapolis/St. Paul-Traverse City and midday Traverse City-Minneapolis/St. Paul flights will be upgraded to a 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) on Saturdays.
The changes will ultimately add 2 additional flights for a grand total of 11 daily Northwest flights from Traverse City. The changes will also result in 3 additional jet flights for a total of 6 daily Northwest jet flights out of Traverse City. Northwest’s summer Traverse City schedule is in effect through September 2, 2002.
In June, Northwest will open new regional aircraft gates at its Minneapolis/St. Paul hub, providing travelers with a seamless airport experience no matter what type of aircraft they fly. All Northwest customers will be able to transfer from flight to flight through fully enclosed jetbridges, eliminating the need to travel to their flight by bus and protecting them from the elements during the boarding and deplaning processes.
In February, Northwest opened its new “WorldGateway” at Detroit, ushering in a new standard in airport efficiency and convenience. Northwest’s WorldGateway provides travelers with seamless, quick and easy connections to over 130 destinations worldwide. WorldGateway offers amenities such as fully integrated domestic and international arrivals and departures, and fully enclosed, climate controlled jetbridges for every type of aircraft it operates.
“Traverse City is rapidly becoming a hub for the northern Lower Peninsula, and I am pleased that Northwest is recognizing and aiding that growth with this expansion of service and these upgrades of aircraft,” said Congressman Bart Stupak of Michigan. “I also know - from personal experience - that travelers will appreciate the larger jets, and I know Northwest will be rewarded with a larger market share with these enhancements to their Traverse City-Detroit service.”
Northwest’s summer Traverse City schedule is open for sale immediately. For reservations, customers can visit www.nwa.com, call Northwest Airlines Reservations at 1-800-225-2525 or contact their travel agent.