Northwest Airlines Reports June Traffic

ST. PAUL, MINN.—(July 3, 2002)—Northwest Airlines (NASDAQ: NWAC) today announced a system-wide June load factor of 81.5 percent, 0.5 points above June 2001. System-wide Northwest flew 6.65 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) and 8.16 billion available seat miles (ASMs) in June 2002, resulting in a traffic decrease of 8.2 percent on a capacity decrease of 8.8 percent versus June 2001.

“We are encouraged that our June load factors reflect stronger leisure travel demand, and are pleased that Northwest continues to realize an improving domestic unit revenue advantage to the industry, which was at an eleven percent premium based on the latest industry reporting period.” said Tim Griffin, executive vice president marketing and distribution.

Northwest ended the second quarter with approximately $2.8 billion in cash and equivalents.

Northwest Airlines is the world`s fourth largest airline with hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo and Amsterdam and more than 1,700 daily departures. With its travel partners, Northwest serves nearly 750 cities in almost 120 countries on six continents.

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