Northwest Reports August Traffic

Northwest Airlines (NASDAQ: NWAC) today announced a systemwide August load factor of 82.6 percent, 1.9 points above August 2002. Systemwide, Northwest flew 6.68 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) and 8.09 billion available seat miles (ASMs) in August 2003, resulting in a traffic decline of 5.2 percent and a capacity decline of 7.4 percent versus August 2002.
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. With its travel partners, Northwest serves nearly 750 cities in almost 120 countries on six continents. In 2002, consumers from throughout the world recognized Northwest’s efforts to make travel easier. A 2002 J.D. Power and Associates study ranked airports at Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul, home to Northwest’s two largest hubs, tied for second place among large domestic airports in overall customer satisfaction. Readers of TTG Asia and TTG China named Northwest “Best North American airline.”