Northwest Airlines Reports August Traffic

ST. PAUL, MINN.—(September 5, 2002)—Northwest Airlines (NASDAQ: NWAC) today announced a system-wide August load factor of 80.7 percent, 0.1 points above August 2001. System-wide Northwest flew 7.05 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) and 8.73 billion available seat miles (ASMs) in August 2002, resulting in a traffic decrease of 7.7 percent on a decline in capacity of 7.9 percent versus August 2001.