Northwest Airlines Reports April Traffic

ST. PAUL, MINN.—(May 6, 2002)—Northwest Airlines (NASDAQ: NWAC) today announced a system-wide April load factor of 76.3 percent, 0.3 points above April 2001. Northwest flew 5.80 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) and 7.61 billion available seat miles (ASMs) in April 2002, resulting in a traffic decrease of 10.5 percent and a capacity decrease of 10.8 percent versus April 2001.